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Wilson County Robbery Suspect Flees into Nashville and is Apprehended


December 27, 2013


Excellent police work by Hermitage Precinct Officer Mike Eva led to this afternoon’s apprehension of armed robbery suspect Shawn Sullivan as Sullivan hid underneath a parked SUV at the Donelson Pike Walgreens store.
Moments earlier, Sullivan, 21, of Knoxville, had fled into Nashville from Wilson County driving a stolen car after allegedly robbing a Lebanon convenience market.  Lebanon police broadcast a description of Sullivan’s getaway car, a black 2003 Nissan Altima, which was quickly spotted by an alert Wilson County deputy sheriff.  He followed it into Nashville.
As Sullivan approached the I-40 Donelson Pike exit, he realized the deputy was behind him and started driving aggressively.  Sullivan got off the interstate and was headed northbound on Donelson Pike when he slammed into a Toyota Prius at the intersection of Royal Parkway.  Sullivan bailed from the damaged and disabled Altima and ran up to a car being driven by a 53-year-old man that was turning into an adjacent Taco Bell restaurant.  He tried to get into that vehicle, but its doors were locked.  By then, Officer Eva was in the area and saw Sullivan run through the parking lot of a nearby Ruby Tuesday and then to Walgreens.  When Eva got Sullivan from under the SUV, he was still carrying a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol.
Two of the three persons in the Prius, a nine-year-old girl and her 66-year-old grandmother, received non-critical injuries and were taken to Summit Medical Center for treatment.
Sullivan was taken back to Wilson County where he is to be charged with today’s market robbery.  Arrest warrants are expected to be sought in Nashville charging Sullivan with attempted carjacking of the Taco Bell patron and vehicular assault.
The Altima Sullivan was driving was reported stolen December 19th from Lexington, Tennessee.  Sullivan is also wanted on outstanding warrants in Humboldt, Tennessee, charging him with armed robbery, assault and theft.