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Police: Man shot by officers after holding wife, daughters at gunpoint

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Three people were shot at the apartment complex. (WSMV) Three people were shot at the apartment complex. (WSMV)
A girl called 911 from the Autumn Ridge townhomes around 5 a.m. Tuesday. (WSMV) A girl called 911 from the Autumn Ridge townhomes around 5 a.m. Tuesday. (WSMV)
Michel Louka Guirguis was shot by Metro police officers. (Source: Metro Nashville PD) Michel Louka Guirguis was shot by Metro police officers. (Source: Metro Nashville PD)
Police said officers shot the suspect through a glass door on the back side of the townhome. (WSMV) Police said officers shot the suspect through a glass door on the back side of the townhome. (WSMV)
Police released this photo of the suspect's gun. (Source: Metro Nashville PD) Police released this photo of the suspect's gun. (Source: Metro Nashville PD)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A man was critically injured when Metro officers opened fire during a domestic situation at a townhome in Antioch early Tuesday morning.

Around 5 a.m., police said one of the man's daughters called 911 and told police her father was breaking into their townhome on Rural Hill Road.

According to Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron, the officers saw 52-year-old Michel Guirguis pointing a gun at 48-year-old Jospheen Guirguis, who was lying on the ground.

"They heard gunshots, gunshots from inside the residence and a lot of loud screaming," Aaron said.

The 15-year-old daughter told police she was with her mother and 10-year-old sister hiding upstairs after hearing a banging at the front door. She said her father kicked the door open and came inside the house.

At one point, Michel Guirguis allegedly came out into the front doorway of the home and shot at an officer. Police said South Precinct Officer Daniel Garrett returned fire, and Michel Guirguis went back inside.

South Precinct Officers David Moser and Jonathan Sheppard said they fired shots through the glass door at the back of the home when they saw Michel Guirguis hold a gun up to Jospheen Guirguis.

Aaron said the officers felt the woman was in "imminent danger" of being murdered, so they could not wait for a SWAT team to arrive.

Jospheen Guirguis and her 10-year-old daughter were both shot. They are in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and are expected to be released from the hospital later in the day.

The 15-year-old girl was upstairs when the shooting happened. She was not injured.

Michel Guirguis was released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Wednesday and taken into police custody.

It's not clear if the mother and daughter were hit in the crossfire or if they were shot by Michel Guirguis.

Aaron said they are working to get an Arabic translator so they can interview the mother and daughter and determine what happened.

Arrest warrants have been issued charging Michel Guirguis with aggravated burglary, attempted criminal homicide against his wife, three counts of attempted criminal homicide against the officers, and three counts of aggravated assault.

A neighbor, who asked to not be identified, described hearing upwards of 20 gunshots.

"I'm thinking about all the trauma that this child just experienced with being shot," he said. "Typically it's pretty quiet here, residential area, nice neighbors, kids always playing, so never had anything happen here since I've been living here for six months."

Previous police response to the home

Police said Jospheen Guirguis filed an order of protection, which was served to Michel Guirguis on Monday night.

Metro officers responded to the family's townhome on Sunday night after the couple got into an argument about the children going to church.

After the incident, Jospheen Guirguis reportedly went to seek shelter at another home, which is when Michel Guirguis allegedly followed her there and forced his way inside the home.

Police officers who were at the scene arrested Michel Guirguis on a charge of criminal trespassing. He was still in jail when he was served with the order of protection.

"It's often been said that domestic violence situations are some of the most dangerous calls for police officers, and certainly families, and I think this case this morning exhibits that," Aaron said.

TBI suspends investigation into shooting

A spokesperson for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the agency received a request around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday from District Attorney General Glenn Funk for their assistance in the investigation. Agents responded to the scene but were later turned away, according to the TBI.

It's a new policy that the TBI handles deadly officer-involved shootings.

The TBI released this statement, reading in part:

TBI immediately dispatched several special agents, supervisors and a public information officer to the scene. Upon arriving, personnel from the Metro Nashville Police Department informed the TBI supervisor that since the individual shot by a Metro police officer had not died from his injuries that the memorandum of understanding providing for a TBI investigation did not apply. Consequently, the TBI suspended its involvement in this incident.

The TBI has asked for any further questions about the investigation to be forwarded to Funk's office.

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