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Manhunt for Nashville police chief’s ‘estranged’ ex-con son wanted in double cop shooting

Tennessee police are on the hunt for the “estranged” adult son of Nashville’s well-regarded police chief. The son, who has a lengthy rap sheet and is a registered sex offender, is now accused of shooting two suburban officers as they investigated a stolen car Saturday.

Both La Vergne officers, identified as Ashely Boleyjack and Gregory Kern, were hospitalized in stable condition as authorities seek John C. Drake Jr., the 38-year-old son of Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake.

His whereabouts remain unclear, but local authorities lifted a shelter-in-place order in La Vergne, about 20 miles southeast of Nashville, early Monday.

Drake Jr. is accused of pulling a gun out during a “struggle” with the officers around 2:30 p.m. outside a Dollar General store in La Vergne. Then, police allege, he shot them both – one in the back, and the other multiple times. The Tennesee Bureau of Investigation said he is wanted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Fox News’ Brie Stimson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Michael Ruiz is a reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to and on Twitter: @mikerreports


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