Fisk University officer attacked, strangled by trespasser

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 28-year-old man was charged Monday afternoon after police said he assaulted a Fisk University officer while trespassing on property.

According to Nashville Meto Police Department (MNPD) documents, on May 9, Wesley Smith, who is not a student, trespassed on university property. Police said a Fisk University officer tried to get Smith to leave but he refused.

Wesley Smith (Courtesy: Nashville Metro Police Department)

The MNPD said Smith then lunged at the officer, knocking him to the ground, then holding the officer in his head for 30 to 40 seconds. Smith is said to have gotten into a fight with the victim and tried to get the officer’s gun. Police said the officer gained control of Smith and held him with a gun until Smith was handcuffed.

Metro police arrived shortly after and said Smith appeared to be under the influence of a synthetic drug. He is believed to have been taken to the hospital and then transported to the Davidson County Detention Center. Fisk University officer attacked, strangled by trespasser

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