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Son of Tennessee police chief wanted for shooting 2 cops charged with attempted murder; statewide alert issued

Tennessee authorities have issued a Blue Alert for a man wanted for allegedly shooting two police officers outside a Dollar General on Saturday.

John C. Drake, Jr., 38, is wanted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder and a Blue Alert, which notifies the public about a suspect sought for killing or seriously injuring an officer, has been issued, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The suspect has been identified as the son of Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake.

“I am shocked and deeply saddened to learn that my estranged son, with whom I have had very minimal contact over many years, is the suspect in this afternoon’s shooting of the two La Vergne police officers,” the elder Drake said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with the two officers, who I understand are now in stable condition at Vanderbilt.”

Drake, Jr. is considered armed and dangerous, La Vergne Police and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation wrote on social media Saturday evening. A shelter in place order that had been in effect for the Lake Forest community was lifted at around midnight.

“The shelter in place order has been lifted at this time,” La Vergne Police wrote on Facebook. “There is no immediate threat to the public. We are continuing our search efforts but ask everyone to remain vigilant. If you see something, say something.”

Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.

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