Clarksville suspect charged after homicide, officer shot - WSMV News 4


Clarksville suspect charged after homicide, officer shot

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Benjamin Schweitzer (Courtesy: Montgomery Sheriff's Dept.) Benjamin Schweitzer (Courtesy: Montgomery Sheriff's Dept.)

A Clarksville police officer is in stable condition after he was shot during a standoff that followed a fatal shooting Thursday.

The suspected gunman, Fort Campbell-based soldier Benjamin Schweitzer, 26, surrendered himself to police just before 2:30 p.m.   

The officer was shot in the arm at a house on Quick Silver Court around 10:45 a.m., said police spokesman Jim Knoll.

It's unclear what started the incident, but police initially received a call that a person was shot and was bleeding on the front porch of a nearby home. That person, identified as Sgt. Frederick Nicholas Moses, who is also based at Ft. Campbell, later died. TBI officials have confirmed Moses and Schweitzer were roommates.

Four police officers followed the blood trail to another house.

The officers busted open a door inside the home, and the shooter opened fire with a handgun, striking Officer James Eure.

Two officers then became trapped in a hallway room. Another two officers stayed to try and help them escape the home, but they were trapped for an hour and a half before finally escaping. Sgt. Andy Hagwood, Ofc. Travis Baker and Ofc. Shawn Brown were the other officers trapped in the house.

Eure was transported to a local hospital, where he is expected to recover.

Members of the military were at the scene and helped police in negotiations with the shooter, but officials have not said whether the suspect is a member of the military.

Police said they had to shoot two round of gas into the house because their negotiations with the suspect weren't working.

A neighbor told Channel 4 that Schweitzer was an intense man, but she never thought he was capable of murder. She added that Moses had recently returned from deployment.

Some area residents were evacuated from their homes. Hazelwood Elementary School, which is near the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, was temporarily placed on lockdown as a precaution. School officials were later able to safely dismiss the students.

Schweitzer is charged with criminal homicide. No bond has been set.

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