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Police briefs

By Joice Anderson Jeffries
Diversity Institute Fellow


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Man faces double murder charge

RIDGETOP — A Robertson County man was charged with two counts of murder Wednesday in connection with the Tuesday afternoon shooting of employees at Shrum Auto Salvage on Old Buck Hill Road.

Carl Jason Robertson, 25, died at the scene, and doctors said Gary Edge, 56, is listed as brain dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A third employee, Sandy Haywood, 44, is in stable condition at Vanderbilt.

Police said Jason Paul Sherwood shot the three employees at about 4:15 p.m. after arguing about an engine he was attempting to return to the business located about 23 miles from downtown Nashville.

Sherwood, 44, fled the scene in a white van. A Robertson County deputy and agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested Sherwood Wednesday morning near his home at Owl’s Roost Campground on Bethel Road in Robertson County. Sherwood is being held without bond.

Carl Jason Robertson was the son-in-law of Terrie Shrum, owner of the salvage yard. Shrum wept as she talked about the shooting, police said.

Robertson’s father, Carl Robertson, said he will now help raise his two grandchildren, a 6-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy.

“They’re going to miss their father,” he said.

New officers search for Tuders

A day after graduating from the police academy, 35 new Metro Police officers spent eight hours on Tuesday searching the wooded Shelby Bottoms area for 13-year-old Tabitha Tuders.

The new officers joined about 15 veteran officers in the search. They found no new evidence.

Tuders, an eighth-grader at Bailey Middle School, has not been seen since April 29. The investigation is ongoing, police said.

Man exposes self to women

A man exposed his genitals to two women Friday night as they walked along 21st and Bellcourt avenues, Vanderbilt police said.

The women said the man pulled down his pants and followed them as they walked in the Hillsboro Village area near Pancake Pantry and Provence Café.

Police said the man followed the women until one of them turned around and shouted, “Cut it out!”

The man then ran and hid behind a vehicle. No arrest was made in the incident.


Articles, photos by Summer 2003 Diversity Institute Fellows
Collection page for articles  07.29.03