Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A search for a potential gunman in a wooded-area near the Hickory Hills subdivision Saturday night has turned up cold. Police were unable to locate anyone after an extensive search on foot, by air, through the help of canine, and using forward infrared looking cameras (FLIR).
The wooded area that was searched is expansive, with thick brush and caves, that cross into Metro-Nashville Davidson County. Mt. Juliet’s Special Response Team members, equipped with FLIR, searched the area on foot, with assistance from Lebanon Police Department’s Canine Unit. In addition, Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Aviation Unit assisted by air using a helicopter with FLIR. However, the subject could not located.
Police believe previous reports of an armed, homeless subject living in the woods are legitimate. After threatening two juveniles walking and firing a shot near two adults on an ATV, in a separate incident, it is believed that the subject did not want to be located by police. On Saturday, March 18, 2017 around 2:30 p.m., officers responded to a wooded area behind Leesa Ann Lane after two juveniles reported that a man threatened to harm them while they were walking in the woods. Officers responded, but they were unable to locate anyone. However, they did locate an abandoned vehicle and campsite. There was evidence of someone shooting a firearm. Also on Saturday, March 18, 2017 around 7:30 p.m., officers responded to a report from two people on an ATV that an unknown man fired a single shot at them.If anyone is spotted in the woods near the Hickory Hills subdivision, police should be notified immediately. Also, police plan to extra patrol the wooded-area and work with the property owner to ensure no one is camping in that area.
Alerts to the public were initially delayed while Special Response Team members worked in the area. Their safety and protecting their active location was paramount. In the event the subject had access to text alerts or social media, police did not want to alert the subject of their covert attempt to find him.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .