Suspect in officer-involved shooting released from hospital, charged

Jake Old • Mar 23, 2017 at 12:26 PM

A suspect shot by a Lebanon police detective Monday afternoon was released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and booked in at Wilson County Jail, according to Lebanon police.

Christian Andrew Whitten-Galindo, 24, of Nashville, was booked in Wednesday at 3:37 p.m. at the Wilson County Jail, according to booking records.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s probe into the incident, which stemmed from a report of a stolen vehicle from a Lebanon business, remained open Thursday. Police began to chase the vehicle from Highway 109 to westbound Interstate 40.

Whitten-Galindo got off at the northbound Beckwith Road exit and, at some point, the vehicle left the exit roadway and went down an embankment.

A Lebanon detective arrived at the scene and got out of his vehicle. Whitten-Galindo was also outside his vehicle. During the encounter, the detective fired and hit Whitten-Galindo, who was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

The detective involved, who has not yet been identified by Lebanon police, was not injured in the incident. A TBI spokesperson said the agency defers identification to the local agency when investigating officer-involved shootings. 

The Lebanon Police Department released a statement on social media that said the detective feared for his life when he fired his weapon.

The TBI’s Violent Crimes Response Team of special agents and forensic scientists processed the scene and collected evidence while additional special agents conducted interviews Monday. TBI officials said they would share findings from the investigation with District Attorney Tommy Thompson throughout the process for his consideration and review.

Whitten-Galindo was charged with theft of property, reckless endangerment and evading arrest. As of Thursday, he remained in Wilson County Jail on $115,000 bond. 

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