HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WSMV) -- 31-year-old Spencer Daniel Bristol, Master Patrol Officer with Hendersonville PD, was chasing a suspect on foot when he was struck by traffic on I-65, and died from his injuries.

Spencer Bristol

Hendersonville Police Officer Spencer Bristol, killed in the line of duty while pursuing a suspect on I-65.

Officer Spencer Bristol started pursuing a vehicle in Hendersonville, and the chase went into Goodlettsville. The vehicle hit another car on interstate 65, and became disabled.

The driver, 19-year-old Kevin Jordan, he was taken into custody immediately. He has been charged with evading arrest, reckless endangerment and received a misdemeanor cite for window tint. Jordan has a court date set for Jan. 8 at 9 a.m. 

The passenger in the vehicle, unidentified at this time, ran off on foot.

That person ran across the interstate, and Officer Bristol chased after him. When they crossed the median dividing wall, Bristol was struck by a vehicle. That driver stopped immediately, and Tennessee Highway Patrol says the woman who was driving was extremely distraught.

That suspect was able to escape officers due to the crash on the interstate.

A short time later Tennessee Highway Patrol officers came across Rodney Farmer inside the Goodlettsville Hooters restaurant, and tried to engage him. 

Due to outstanding arrest warrants, Farmer scuffled with officers, and was able to escape, but was taken into custody by THP Officers while he was leaving a drainage culvert a short time later.

Previously police had identified Rodney Farmer as the suspect who ran, but further investigation by Hendersonville Police Criminal investigations revealed that he was not the person who ran from police in connection with this incident.


Previous Coverage:

Officer killed on I-65 S in Davidson County at Vietnam Veteran's Blvd.

The person who ran from Officer Bristol is as of yet unidentified, and their location is not known.

Hendersonville Police Chief Miller says Officer Bristol was a Navy Veteran, leaves behind a wife and three-year-old daughter, and was with Hendersonville PD for a little over four years. 

Chief Miller also noted that it has been nearly 20 years since the department has lost an officer in the line of duty.

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