John Anderson, 28, had been in the department for four years and had become a father a little over a year ago. [3,659,002] About 3:00 am on July 4, Anderson wanted to help another officer on a traffic lane, according to reports from a pedestrian, police said.
When he reached an intersection, Anderson's police car of the teenager's 2016 Ford Fusion was hit and the policeman died at the scene.
The 17-year-old driver was taken to the hospital, treated and later released, the police said. A passenger in the girl's car was seriously injured and treated at the Skyline Medical Center.
Shortly before the accident, another officer discovered the teenager's vehicle with its high beam on, and as he tried to track the Ford, the driver slowed at first, but then sped away.
This policeman sparkled in the car's position and on the license plate, noting that the car was turning onto the road where the accident took place.
According to the police, the driver was sent to a juvenile detention center after being charged with vehicle-related murder, evasion avoidance, aggravated carelessness, driver's license and curfew violation.
A hearing is planned for Friday afternoon.
He had been in the department for four years.
Anderson had been in the department for four years, police said, spending all his time there in the Central Precinct.
He graduated in June 2015 from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Academy. In an autobiography project for the Academy, Anderson said he was ready to begin his journey as an officer.
"So, now that I'm at the beginning of my career, after following closely the national news regarding police issues and public issues for several months, I feel more confident that I no longer 'dodge' an unknown I feel I definitely did not get lost when I started this journey of serving the public by becoming a Metro Nashville police officer, "he wrote, according to police.
Anderson graduated from college in 2013 and was a member of the US Marine Corps Reserve.
He was also a bagpiper, the police said.