NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Metro Police Department said a gunman that shot an officer early Tuesday morning has been found dead in a motel room.
Police said the suspect, identified as Paul Hardesty, was found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head inside a room at the Cumberland Inn. Officer Terrance McBride was shot at the West Trinity Lane Motel around 5:20 a.m. after police received a tip about a possible suspect with outstanding warrants at the motel.
Upon their arrival to the motel, a woman answered the door and told officers no one else was in the room.
“As the door opened, they saw obvious drug activity inside, so the officer’s stepped inside to secure the scene,” Police Chief Steve Anderson said.
Shortly after entering the room officers heard a gunshot blast and 28-year-old McBride was shot.
“As they were checking the bathroom, shots were fired toward them,” Police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford said. “They didn’t see the individual and they returned fire and left the room.”
McBride was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a serious, but non-life threatening injury.
“Officer McBride tells me he did not even see the gun. He heard the blast and felt it in his shoulder area,” Chief Anderson said. “It’s a serious wound, but it’s one the doctors tell me he will make a full recovery,” Chief Anderson said.
McBride is expected to undergo surgery later Tuesday.
“I told Officer McBride this morning, the hospital is going to take care of you and we are going to take care of your family,” Anderson said.
Police said Hardesty, 43, is a parolee out of New York. He came under Tennessee parole supervision from New York in March 2016.
Chief Anderson said he may have been involved in other recent Nashville crimes. It is unknown how long Hardesty has been in the Nashville area, but police did say it is believed he checked into the Cumberland Inn earlier this week.
Police have identified the woman who fled the motel room and plan to speak with her. The investigation is ongoing.
Officer McBride is a 3-year veteran with the Metro Police Department. Officer Ky Luu, the second officer who responded with McBride, has since been placed on routine administrative leave.
Over the last 24 months, police said they have received 846 calls for service. Of those calls, 545 were received over the last 12 months.