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As horrific as the Christmas morning bombing in Nashville was, it could have been far worse had it not been for six Metro Nashville Police Department officers.
According to reports, the officers arrived on the scene at 5:30 am in response to shots fired call from a nearby block and promptly took action when they spotted the infamous RV reportedly responsible for the explosion and heard its ominous 15-minute warning.
“Officers immediately began going door to door, evacuating apartments. Police also diverted one man who was walking his dog on 2nd Ave. just before the explosion occurred,” local station WXMI has confirmed.
The explosion occurred at about 6:30 am, injuring one of the six officers.
“One officer in the area was knocked down and experienced hearing loss,” WXMI notes.
In a press release, the Nashville Metro Government identified the six as Officers Brenna Hosey, James Luellen, Michael Sipos, Amanda Topping, James Wells, and Sergeant. Timothy Miller. It’s not clear which one was injured.
These are the 6 Nashville Police officers who evacuated people and saved lives before the RV exploded downtown.
Officer Brenna Hosey, Officer James Luellen, Officer Michael Sipos, Officer Amanda Topping, Officer James Wells, and
Sergeant Timothy Miller. pic.twitter.com/Kd8ozUBQVI
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) December 26, 2020
All that’s known for certain is that their actions likely saved lives.
“The officers immediately began knocking on doors and evacuating residents here, not knowing if the bomb was going to detonate immediately or if it was going to go over the time that it was stated,” Metro Nashville Chief of Police John Drake proudly announced at a press briefing late Friday.
“These officers didn’t care about themselves. They didn’t think about that. They cared about the citizens of Nashville. And they went in. … The officers saved lives today, and their heroism is to be noted.”
And their heroism is indeed being noted.
During an appearance on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” hours after the blast, country music star and Nashville resident John Rich was bluntly asked, “What do you want to say to your local law enforcement there?”
In response, Rich said “thank God” for them.
“I would say thank God for our police. I would say back the blue. I would say that’s why you don’t defund the police. You have to have them in situations like this, when they are the only ones keeping watch over the safety of the citizens. God bless Metro Nashville Police Department. We’ve all got their back!” he replied.
Over the summer left-wing activists tried desperately to convince Nashville officials to defund the local police department, but officials ultimately sided against them.
“Metro Council voted to give MNPD all of the money they requested, including funds to equip all officers with body cameras and to buy two new police helicopters. Council also approved an additional $2.6 million to recruit and hire new officers,” station WTVF reported at the time.
Continuing his remarks, Rich added that Nashville won’t be intimidated by the still-unidentified perp.
“Whoever did this obviously did it on Christmas morning on purpose to send a message. We want, like everybody else in the country wants, we want to know who did it. We want to know why they did it and who they are,” he said.
“And as Americans, people hit us like this, they try to push you back and make you afraid to be an American and to live free, and all it does really to me is make me want to be louder and a louder patriot and express my freedom even more-so. And I bet most Americans feel the same way.”
Indeed they do.
Listen to the full discussion below:
Surveillance footage has shown that the RV arrived around 1:22 am Christmas morning and parked outside an AT&T building.
Later that morning, local residents were awakened when they first heard loud gunshots and then the ominous warning from the RV.
Betsy Wiliams, a local business owner who also lives in the area, “said she awoke at about 4:30 a.m. Christmas morning after hearing what sounded like multiple rounds of loud, rapid-fire gunshots. Later, after more gunshots, Williams said she called 911. Then, she said, she heard a repeated warning from the RV,” according to The Tennessean.
“Evacuate now. There is a bomb. A bomb is in this vehicle and will explode,” she recalled hearing the RV warn.
BREAKING: This is the RV that exploded on 2nd Ave N this morning. It arrived on 2nd Ave at 1:22 a.m. Have you seen this vehicle in our area or do you have information about it? Please contact us via Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463 or online via https://t.co/dVGS7o0m4v. @ATFHQ pic.twitter.com/JNx9sDinAH
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 25, 2020
BREAKING: Audio warning was being broadcast before explosion rocked downtown Nashville. Video shows moment of blast. pic.twitter.com/3IvciFH6BV
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) December 25, 2020
The warning has made discerning a motive more complicated than usual given that terrorists are not in the habit of warning their potential victims beforehand.
Given both the warning and the remains that were reportedly found in the area late Friday, a theory has emerged that the bombing may have been a suicide.
There’s always the possibility the Nashville bombing was an elaborate suicide. In a world where I know of at least one person committing suicide by self-decapitation it doesn’t seem that strange.
— STEVE HUFF (@SteveHuff) December 25, 2020
To be clear, this is just a theory.
As of Saturday morning, the remains had not yet been traced to a person, nor was it known whether the remains were linked to the bombing.
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