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Metro officer, suspect injured in shooting

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Officer Faye Denson arrives at Vanderbilt Medical Center after suffering a gunshot wound in East Nashville. Officer Faye Denson arrives at Vanderbilt Medical Center after suffering a gunshot wound in East Nashville.

A Metro police officer and a suspected gunman were wounded Monday morning in a shooting incident in East Nashville.

The shooting occurred at Stockell and Grace streets around 10 a.m. when police were called to respond to a suspicious car in the neighborhood.

Investigators said Officer Michele Steidel approached suspect Eric D. Perkins' car and asked if she could search the car. Perkins agreed but then suddenly drove away from police near North Fifth and Arrington streets.

Police backup was called to the scene, and Officers Faye Denson, 44, and Carroll Fondaw, 28, began to help in the chase.

During the chase, police said Perkins shot Denson in the upper thigh. Metro Chief of Police Steve Anderson said Denson and Fondaw returned fire after first being fired upon.

Denson, who has worked for the police department for seven years, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in stable condition. She was alert when she arrived at the hospital and was later released to recover at home.

Nearly 100 Metro officers stopped by Vanderbilt to check on the condition of their friend and co-worker.

"It was one of the reasons why she joined the force, because she knows the high level of camaraderie that is there," said sister Diane Denson.

Perkins, 18, was shot in the upper chest. He was released from Vanderbilt Tuesday evening and taken into custody by Metro police.

Perkins was been charged with two counts of attempted criminal homicide. His bond was set at $700,000.

Police said Perkins was arrested in May at the age of 17 on charges of unlawful gun possession, vehicle theft, theft of property, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, evading arrest and marijuana possession. Those charges were transferred from juvenile court to criminal court in July. He was booked as an adult on those charges July 26.

Fondaw was not injured and has been placed on routine administrative assignment pending an investigation into the shooting.

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