A suspect held a boy at gunpoint and carjacked his mother’s vehicle Nov. 20 at Kroger, according to Metro-Nashville police.
Police said the incident started at about 11 p.m. at the Kroger at 5544 Old Hickory Blvd.
The woman told police a man followed her and her 11-year-old son into the store, came up to her and asked what kind of car she had.
Police said she told the suspect, identified as convicted felon Devan Thompson, 31, it was none of his business, and he apparently grabbed her son. Police said the woman noticed a gun in the suspect’s pocket and told him if he let her son go, she would give him her keys.
According to a report, Thompson took the two victims outside into the parking lot, and she showed him where she parked her vehicle.
At the same time, Metro-Nashville off-duty Officer Gordon Stovall, who was still in his uniform and patrol vehicle, pulled into the parking lot and saw “a woman waving her hands in the air.” According to a report, when Stovall went to the woman, he saw Thompson holding the boy at gunpoint. After he told the suspect to drop his gun and let go of the boy, Thompson pushed the boy away and drove away in the victim’s 2004 Chevy Cavalier, according to police.
Stovall chased Thompson in the Cavalier onto Interstate 40 and then Stewarts Ferry Pike, where the suspect crashed near Lebanon Pike. K-9 Officer John Gilpin arrived with his partner, Braxx, and went to the car, where Thompson hit the dog with an ice scraper. The report said a struggle followed, and Hermitage Precinct Officer Brett Johns arrested after Thompson bit Johns on the arm. Johns was treated, and a veterinarian checked out Braxx. Both checked out OK.
Police said paramedics took Thompson to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for injuries he received during the crash. Police found a .9 mm pistol in the car.
When Thompson is released from the hospital, he will be charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping, theft of a vehicle, two counts of assaulting an officer and as a felon in possession of a handgun, according to police.
Thompson may also face federal prosecution following an investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office, according to police.