MNPD Sergeant Struck by Vehicle on Broadway After Attempting to Approach Suspected Gunman
A citizen at 12:30 a.m. Saturday reported seeing the driver of a silver Chrysler 300 waving a gun inside his vehicle at 3rd and Broadway in downtown Nashville which was pedestrian packed.
Officers working the Central Precinct Entertainment District Public Safety Initiative quickly identified the suspect car, which was traveling slowly in heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic. As officers attempted to approach the vehicle, the driver, Pasquala Walls, 30, quickly accelerated through the intersection of 5th and Broadway, striking several vehicles, including a patrol car, before hitting Sergeant Kris Delap who fired at least once at Walls in defense of the citizens that Walls showed a brazen disregard for as he continued westbound on Broadway, narrowly missing multiple pedestrians in the roadway.
Walls, whose car was severely damaged and had lost a front tire, was traveling on the rim, turned into the Exxon parking lot at 1101 Broadway where he attempted to run from the vehicle. Citizens in the parking lot gave chase and struggled with Walls, who fell to the ground. Officers quickly arrived and rendered aid to Walls who had been shot. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he is in critical condition.
Sergeant Delap was also admitted to Vanderbilt for observation/treatment of concerning but non-life threatening injuries he sustained when he fell hard to the pavement.
Walls, whose address is listed in Memphis but is known to have lived in Nashville, was driving on a revoked license. A loaded nine-millimeter pistol with an extended magazine containing 26 rounds was recovered from the front floor board of the Chrysler 300. Walls is a convicted cocaine felon in Shelby County. In Davidson County, Walls has outstanding warrants for aggravated assault (allegedly fired shots into the air after a physical altercation with his ex-girlfriend) and felony evading arrest.
Sergeant Delap, 50, is a 26-year MNPD veteran. He is the Central Precinct Community Coordinator Sergeant and was working the public safety initiative at the time of the incident.