Young gang member pleads guilty to charges after shooting at Nashville police officers

(FOX 17 News)

A 19-year-old gang member has pleaded guilty on charges related to a shot being fired at two Metro Nashville Police Officers.

Antonio Bender plead guilty on Tuesday to federal firearms charges and obstruction of justice.

Police said Bender shot at two police officers in March 27, 2017 while they were responding to a shots fired call in the 100 block of Charles E. Davis Blvd. Police said because of potential risk to bystanders, the officers didn't return fire.

“These officers were doing their duty to investigate violent crime which has plagued this community when they were shot at by this defendant. They displayed appropriate restraint in not returning fire due to their training and their awareness of the innocent bystanders in the area. In keeping with our zero-tolerance policy regarding violence against law enforcement officers, we will seek an appropriately severe sentence against this illegally armed violent gang member.”

Police chased Bender, who surrendered a short distance away. Police said the suspect discarded a Glock .40 caliber semi-automatic and a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic, which had previously been reported stolen. Bender had also been involved in another shooting on March 27.

According to court documents, Bender is a Rollin’ 60s Crips gang member. He was released from juvenile custody in Oct. 2016.

Bender is slated to be sentenced on March 28. Bender was also indicted on charges of being an unlawful drug user in possession of two firearms and possession of a stolen firearm. He faces 10 years for each of the gun charges and 20 years for obstruction of justice.

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