Robertson County Sheriff issues statement on shooting at Nashville mall

(Robertson County Deputies Josh Wiley and Tomisha Jones)

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Rutherford County Sheriff Holt has released a statement following yesterday's shooting at 100 Oaks Mall.

“In law enforcement, we train for the worst, but pray it never happens. Yesterday, an inmate viciously and violently attacked one of our deputies. Unfortunately, my deputies had to respond in the way no law enforcement wants to – with deadly force. One of the deputies suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and the other deputy has suffered the traumatic stress of the incident. The support from our local community has been tremendous, and the assistance from our fellow law enforcement partners including Metro Nashville Police Department and Vanderbilt University Police Department has been incredible and humbling. The care provided to Josh Wiley and his family by the Metro emergency medical staff and the doctors and nurses from Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been outstanding. Deputy Wiley is still in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit after surgery yesterday and is facing major surgery today. We ask that you continue to keep Deputy Wiley and his family in your prayers. Please also keep Deputy Tomisha Jones and her family in your prayers as she deals with the traumatic stress of this incident.” -Sheriff Holt

On Wednesday, while being transported for a doctor's appointment, convicted bank robber and inmate Rodney Cole stabbed deputy Josh Wiley with a screwdriver after asking to use the restroom. Another deputy fired shots at Cole and a struggle over her gun took place. The deputy was able to regain control of her weapon and both deputies fire on Cole, fatally wounding him.

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