Video: Nashville Officer of the Year attacked on patrol

This was the second attack on an officer in two days

By PoliceOne Staff

NASHVILLE — An officer was attacked by a group of people at a public housing complex as he tried to arrest an assault suspect, The Tennessean reported.

Officer Matthew Cammarn was attacked while attempting to arrest 22-year-old Brian Shannon after he saw him assault a woman on the street. Shannon aggressively approached Cammarn. When the officer asked him to put his hands behind his back, he grabbed Cammarn and threw him to the ground.

“While actively fighting and swinging his fists at Officer Cammarn on the ground, other persons in a crowd pulled and pushed Cammarn in an effort to free Shannon," police said in the release obtained by the publication. "Others stood by recording the assault on their cell phones."

Cammarn was sent to a hospital to be treated for a head injury.

Shannon fled the scene but was found and arrested. He faces charges of felony aggravated assault on an officer, resisting arrest, evading arrest, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct and drug possession. 

Another 17-year-old suspect was charged with aggravated assault for attacking Cammarn and evading arrest.

Cammarn was named officer of the year in 2015 for saving the life of a gunshot victim.



This was the second officer to be attacked in the area in two days. Officer Josh Hausman was stabbed Monday while trying to break up a fight.

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