The Metro Nashville Police Department released dash and body camera footage Friday night of an officer who fatally shot a woman as she shot and wounded him during a drug-related arrest.
Officer Josh Baker was shot in the torso Friday morning after engaging in a traffic stop for a vehicle whose owner was wanted on outstanding warrants, footage released by the department showed.
“The round went under his bulletproof vest,” said MNPD Public Affairs Officer Don Aaron in a video statement.
Baker found that the vehicle, a black 2015 Chevrolet Camaro, was registered to a man with six outstanding warrants related to drug charges.
He pulled the car over in a nearby parking lot, finding the driver was not the vehicle owner but rather a woman identified as 31-year-old Nika Nicole Holbert.
Both Baker and Holbert were standing outside the vehicle moments before the shooting.
Footage shows Baker told Holbert to stop digging through her bag when he asked her to hand it to him, finding what appeared to be marijuana and a white powder substance.
When Baker motioned he was going to detain her, she grabbed her bag and ran away while the officer audibly told her she would “get tased.”
After deploying the stun weapon, Holbert attempts to get back in the driver’s seat while Baker continued to stun her. Moments later, he sees her reaching for a gun and goes for his own before Holbert fires at his torso.
The shots prompted Baker to shoot back, but Holbert managed to drive off in the vehicle before crashing it into a nearby ditch. Officers gave her aid until paramedics arrived, and she was pronounced dead at Skyline Medical Center, where she died Friday, Aaron said.
City Mayor John Cooper released a statement following the incident, saying, “What happened today is a reminder that being a police officer anywhere can be a dangerous job. My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Baker and with the families of everyone involved.”
Aaron said in the video released by the department that Baker is a 14-year legacy officer and his father, Danny Baker, once commanded the city’s East Precinct.
The department said in a Twitter post Friday evening that Baker remains in stable condition after surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Aaron added the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Davidson County district attorney’s office will continue to investigate and analyze the incident.