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Officer Of The Year attacked by crowd during arrest in east Nashville projects


A Metro Nashville Officer was attacked while attempting to make an arrest in east Nashville- and it has all been caught on tape.

2015’s Metro-Nashville Officer of the Year Officer Matthew Cammarn was patrolling Tuesday night when he reportedly witnessed a man assault a woman in the infamous Cayce Homes housing projects of east Nashville.

According to WKRN, police say 22-year-old Brian Shannon “aggressively walked up” to Cammarn, who ordered Shannon who put his hands behind his back. As Cammarn prepared to detain Shannon, he was pushed to the ground by the suspect.

As the two were locked in hand to hand combat, the forming crowd began pulling, pushing, kicking and striking the officer in an effort to let Shannon escape. Worse, others in the crowd filmed the incident and posted it to Facebook.

Eventually, Shannon broke loose, taking off on foot. Unfazed, Cammarn snapped to his feet in hot pursuit. Beaten and bruised, Cammarn took Shannon into custody the next street over.

Cammarn was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for a head injury, but is expected to be alright and fit to return to duty shortly.

No stranger to critical situations, Cammarn was named Officer of the Year for saving the life of a local 17-year-old gunshot victim.

Shannon was booked into the metro jail on charges of felony aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, evading arrest, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct and drug possession. A 17-year old juvenile who assaulted Cammarn on camera was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest. He was booked into juvenile detention but his name will not be released due to his age.

According to Metro Nashville Police, Cammarn was the second officer to be injured in the area in under 24 hours.

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