Three young men suspected of firing multiple shots at a home on Hickory Woods East near the Davidson/Rutherford County line are in custody as the result of quick and coordinated work by officers from Lavergne, the MNPD’s South Precinct, and an MNPD canine team.
Just before noon, persons in a dark green SUV opened fire on the house. It was hit several times, but no one was hurt. Persons inside the residence saw the vehicle and immediately called police. Lavergne Officer John Fessmire heard the description of the SUV and spotted it at the intersection of Waldron Road and Murfreesboro Pike. Fessmire and Officer Thomas Gray attempted to stop the vehicle, but it sped off down Lavergne Couchville Pike, where it crashed into a tree. The three occupants fled. One of them, Nesean Brooks, 20, was caught. MNPD Canine Unit Officer Jerry Denton and his partner Cletus responded to search for the other two. Cletus tracked to a pink shirt, backpack, pistol and cellphone that were on the ground in heavy woods. Moments later, Cletus found Souripanya Akhom, 21, and took him into custody. The third defendant, Juan Carlos Fajardo, 21, was apprehended by South Precinct officers behind a home on Hamilton Church Road.
The recovered pistol, a nine millimeter semi-automatic, was reported stolen in a Murfreesboro home burglary. A second firearm is believed to have been tossed from the SUV after Lavergne police attempted to stop it.
Brooks, Akhom and Fajardo are being charged with felony aggravated assault and evading arrest. South Precinct detectives were told that the gunfire was the result of a “beef” that one of the defendants had with a person who lives in the Hickory Woods East home.