Metro Nashville police released video footage of a shootout that injured an officer and killed a woman Friday morning.
East Precinct Officer Josh Baker was shot in the torso Friday morning while performing a traffic stop on a car whose owner was wanted on outstanding warrants. As of Friday night, he remains in stable condition after surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Dash and body worn camera footage released Friday night by MNPD shows that around 9 a.m. while Baker was patrolling Brick Church Pike, he came across a black 2015 Chevrolet Camaro registered to Demond M. Buchanan, who was wanted on six outstanding warrants related to drug charges.
The car stopped in the parking lot of a Dollar General on Brick Church Pike, at which point Baker discovered that the driver was actually Nika Nicole Holbert, 31, police spokesman Don Aaron said.
Holbert initially complied with Baker’s directions, Aaron said. Dispatch audio provided by MNPD shows Baker telling dispatchers that everything was initially OK after the stop.
The officer then discovered what appeared to be marijuana and a white powder substance and attempted to detain her, at which point he requested backup officers, footage shows.
Baker’s body-worn camera footage shows that he instructed Holbert to stop rifling through her bag and hand it over to him.
“Listen,” he told her when Holbert went back to the vehicle. “Just come back here. I just think we’re getting off on the wrong foot.”
Baker explained to her that he pulled her over because the car’s owner was wanted on several warrants. Holbert said she was alone in the car. Baker told her that his body worn camera was recording audio and video of the incident.
Video footage shows that Holbert called someone whom she identified as her mom and said she needed to come to the scene. When Baker discovered the apparent drugs, he informed Holbert he was stepping away to place them in his police vehicle.
Things escalated when Baker attempted to detain Holbert. She grabbed her bag and ran away from the officer, who told her she was about “to get tased.” He pulled out his stun gun, and the woman screamed and ran into the vehicle, at which point Baker deployed the weapon on her, video footage shows.