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Deputy injured while serving warrant to MNPS Director of Visual and Performing Arts
By Andy Cordan,
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — There are still many unanswered questions surrounding the dangerous criminal behavior of Jeffrey Smith, the embattled Director of Visual and Performing Arts, currently on administrative leave from Metro Nashville Public Schools.
School officials have not commented on the “concerning behavior” that led to Smith being placed on administrative leave March 2.
And now, News 2 has learned that a week after this discipline, seven Davidson County deputies came to Smith’s Antioch home to serve an emergency child custody warrant.
In the process, a long-time veteran of the department suffered minor injuries when officials say Smith bolted in his car and struck the 50-year-old warrant officer on the leg.
According to officials, after the escape by Smith in his Nissan Murano with his two children in the car, he fled toward Cheatham County.
In the meantime, Metro police investigated the incident in Antioch, and after talking to the sheriff’s office, put out a BOLO (be on the lookout) for Smith, saying he was possibly armed and dangerous and a kidnapping suspect.
The seven officers were at the home on the order of the courts to serve an emergency child custody order to remove Smith’s two children from his custody, Lee said.
“During our background check we did learn that he had been placed on admin leave from his job, but we had no prior history with our county, but it did give us a heightened sense of alert,” he explained.
According to officials, after a few minutes of waiting, the now-battered garage door opened, and officials say the orange Murano, driven by Smith, with his children in the car, backed rapidly out of the garage.
“One of the officers was in the driveway, as the vehicle was backing out, it turned into the yard, and it did clip one of my officer’s knees,” Lee said.