A 20-year-old driver was filmed being shot in the leg by a Nashville cop after he allegedly caused a car crash that injured a child, then reached for a gun on his dashboard.
On Monday, School Resource Officer Byron Boelter was driving home from work when he stopped at the scene of a two car wreck involving a Nissan Ultima with a child in the backseat and a Chevrolet Camaro driven by Rod Reed on the side of the road.
When Boelter looks inside the Camaro through the driver’s side window, Reed is captured reaching into the vehicle where police say a gun was on the dashboard. Boelter yells and warns Reed not to reach for the weapon before shooting him in the leg.
Reed was transported to the Vanderbilt Medical Center where he is being treated for the gunshot wound. He was listed in stable condition and will be arrested once he is released.
Reed has been booked on federal gun and drug charges and was wanted by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.
Rod Reed, 20, had crashed his Camaro into a Nissan Ultima driven by a mom, with her child in the back seat. He was wanted by the ATF and has been booked on gun and drug charges
On Monday School Resource Officer Byron Boelter (pictured) stopped at the scene of a two car wreck involving a Nissan Ultima and Chevrolet Camaro
Boelter’s bodycam footage captured a young girl being pulled out of the back seat of the Altima while her mother wails in the background
According to Metropolitan Nashville Police, surveillance footage from a nearby business showed Reed driving his Camaro erratically before striking the Altima.
Boelter’s bodycam shows the moment the young girl, who appears unconscious, was pulled out of the back seat of the Altima where the air bags look to have deployed while her mother wails in the background as paramedics arrive.
Police said the young girl was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.
Bodycam footage then shows Boelter approach the driver’s side door of the Camaro also involved in the wreck when Reed passes in front of him and then walks over to the passenger side of the car, Tenessean.com reported.
Boelter calmly tells Reed ‘Just leave that stuff in there, man,’ and motions for Reed to move. ‘Just go ahead and go. Go. Go on ahead and go, man.’
Reed does not appear to stop and bodycam footage shows Boelter fire two shots through the open doors of the car at Reed, who then collapses onto the grass as Boelter instructs him to stay down and put his hands up.
Boelter then approaches the driver’s side door of the Camaro when Reed passes in front of him and then walks over to the passenger side of the car
After Boelter shoots Reed he collapses onto the grass as Boelter instructs him to stay down and put his hands up while he calls for backup
Boelter then approaches Reed asking where he was hit and asks him again where the gun is
After shooing Reed Boelter calls for backup as the 20-year-old lays injured on the ground crying.
Boelter asks Reed ‘Where’s the gun at?’ while holding his gun at him at a distance and tells him ‘Just leave it right there, buddy. It’s OK, buddy.’
Boelter then approaches Reed asking where he was hit and asks him again where the gun is.
‘Where’s the gun, buddy?’ Boelter asked Reed again as he touches his back.
Reed responded ‘Over there somewhere. I don’t know, sir.’
‘Why’d you reach for it, kid?’ Boelter asks.
‘I was trying to get it out the car, sir,’ Reed responds, to which Boelter says ‘Come on, man,’ before the bodycam footage ends.
MNPD said the gun was recovered at the scene. Reed was arrested on his release from hospital, and now faces federal gun and drug charges.
As the department investigates the shooting, Boelter, who has been on the force for 16 years, has been put on administrative assignment, the Tennessean reported.