|Birth: ||Jul. 6, 1947|
|Death: ||May 17, 1996|
Officer Scurry was shot and killed while backing up two setectives who were serving an aggravated assault warrant at approximately 09:30 hours. The officers arrived at the apartment, knocked on the door, and received no response. After a maintenance man attempted to kick the door in one of the suspects came to the door and said he had been sleeping. The suspect was immediately arrested. As the officers began searching ther apartment for the second suspect they noticed that a shelf near the attic crawl space was broken. Officer Scurry and a second officer entered the attic and immediately confronted the suspect, who began shouting that the officers should shoot him, and then opened fire on the officers. The second officer was struck in the knee and fell to the ground. Officer Scurry was struck several times but was able to return fire, seriously wounding the suspect. The suspect then exited the attic and continued firing at the other detectives. Responding officers attempted to enter the apartment in order to rescue Officer Scurry and confronted the suspect. The suspect was yelling that he wanted to surrender, but refused to drop his gun while attempting to reload it. One of the responding officers then fired on the suspect with a shotgun killing him. Another officer entered the attic and began CPR, the ceiling collapsed and the officer fell to the ground. Officer Scurry was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. He had been with the Metropolitan Police Department for 21 years. In January of 2012, there was a new precinct opened in Metro Davidson County in the Madison area. The new precinct was named in honor of Officer Paul Scurry by order of Metro Council and laws enacted to name the station as such. An officer to be remembered.
*****UPDATE JANUARY 14, 2014
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson led a grand opening for the new Madison Police Precinct and DNA Crime Laboratory on Tuesday morning.
The building was dedicated to Officer Paul Scurry, who served the families and businesses of Madison and East Nashville for 21 years until he was fatally wounded while attempting to arrest a fugitive on May 17, 1996.
His daughter, Melanie Scurry West, cut the ribbon outside the 82,500 square foot facility at 400 Myatt Drive. A bronze plaque honoring Officer Scurry is on the first floor lobby of the new building.
The 35,500-square-foot first floor houses the Madison Precinct, which began operations in temporary quarters next door on January 1, 2012. The first floor also includes a 5,840-square-foot community room that can be divided into two separate rooms.
The 47,000-square-foot second floor houses Nashville's first full-service Crime Laboratory consisting of five primary disciplines: DNA/Serology Unit, Drug Identification Unit, Latent Print Unit, Firearms and Tool Mark Unit, and Toxicology Unit.
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Record added: Jan 26, 2006
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