2002 Brentwood Bank Robbery

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2002 Brentwood Bank Robbery
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DateLua error in Module:WikidataIB at line 665: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
TargetPolice Officers
WeaponAR-15 rifle
Deaths1 (the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
2
PerpetratorGary Thomas Brown.[1]

On May 6, 2002, 40 years old Gary Thomas Brown, of California, robbed Bank of America branch in I-65 at the Brentwood Old Hickory in 133 Franklin Road in the downtown of Brentwood, Tennessee, and ambushed two police officers and seriously wounded them before he was killed by return fire.[2]

Events[edit]

The first Brentwood Police Department officer to arrive on the scene was 26 years old Officer Stephanie Joe Bellis (now Warner), three-year-veteran with Brentwood Police Department, as she arrived on the scene, Brown opened fire on her, but the bullet goes through her vehicle window, and the door, and her metal paperwork (who slowed down it's speed) before she was hit in the right forearm and arm. however, she was able to get out of her car and return fire on Brown (who was returning fire).

37 years old Sgt. Tommy Patrick Walsh, 17-year-veteran with Brentwood Police Department, arrived on the scene, he stopped in front of the bank and fire at Brown who return fire immediately, a bullet hit Walsh just above his left knee. Brown goes on the street, took gunfire with Lt. Tommy Campsey, Detective Richard Hickey, Lt. Steve Walling, Cpl. Jimmy Campbell. Campsey, Hickey, Walling and Campbell fired 28 shots from their service pistols at Brown, fatally wounding him in his chest and head.

Aftermath[edit]

Both of Sgt. Tommy Walsh and Officer Stephanie Bellis were released one month after the bank robbery. Officer Bellis was awarded with Distinguished Service Award, Purple Heart and Department Commendation Medal. Sgt. Walsh was also awarded with Distinguished Service Award, Purple Heart and Department Commendation Medal and promoted to assistant chief. Lt. Campsey was awarded with Distinguished Service Award, Meritorious Service Award, Lifesaving Award and Department Commendation Medal and promoted to the rank of captain. Detective Hickey was awarded with Meritorious Service Award, Lifesaving Award and Department Commendation Medal and promoted to the rank of captain. Lt. Walling was also awarded with Meritorious Service Award, Lifesaving Award and Department Commendation Medal and promoted to the rank of captain. Cpl. Campbell was awarded with Meritorious Service Award and Lifesaving Award and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.[3]

Seven month after the bank robbery, Officer Bellis married to Franklin police Department Detective Lt. Charlie Warner (who is now promoted to the rank of sergeant), in 2004, Bellis retired from the force to take care of her children, on the 10th anniversary of the bank robbery, she and Sgt. Walsh thanked the involved police officers on the scene.[4].

Real estate broker and former FBI Agent and former U.S. Navy Petty Officer who served on USS Albert W. Grant during World War II, Toy Fuson, was awarded with Citizen Commendation Award for positioning himself between the robber and called 911 for help, he died of a stroke on August 10, 2015 in Brentwood, Tennessee.[5]

References[edit]

  1. "BHP SPECIAL REPORT: The day Brentwood lost its innocence".
  2. "BHP SPECIAL REPORT: 2002 shooting left city better prepared, armed".
  3. "Departmental Awards". June 15, 2002. Retrieved June 15, 2002.
  4. "BHP SPECIAL REPORT: Family First for Officers shot in 2002".
  5. "Toy Fuson Obituary - Brentwood, TN". August 10, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.


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