NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – An inmate who was visiting a facility for a medical appointment is dead and a corrections officer was hurt after a shooting.
Robertson County Sheriff’s Office told WKRN the inmate attacked the officer during a visit to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s 100 Oaks Campus Wednesday afternoon.
Police say Rodney L. Cole, 37, a convicted bank robber, was being taken for a medical appointment. Metro Nashville police say Cole asked to go to the restroom and Deputy Josh Wiley accompanied him there.
There was a struggle in the restroom in which Cole stabbed Wiley multiple times with a long screw driver. At some point, police say Wiley grabbed Deputy Josh Wiley’s gun and fired.
Wiley’s partner, Deputy Tornishae Jones, was helping and was able to return fire, hitting Cole, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Wiley was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment. Metro police say Wiley is critically injured. Jones was not hurt.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center released a statement after the shooting saying employees and visitors were asked to shelter in place out of an abundance of caution as law enforcement swept the entire building.
“The safety and well-being of our patients and employees is always our first concern,” added John Howser, Chief Communications Officer.