Nashville Police say Kenneth Jernigan, left, was one of three armed men who tried to rob a Burger King restaurant on Monday night. Jernigan was killed during the uprising and the two other suspects have not yet been found.
(Metro Nashville Police Department)
Nashville police are on the lookout Thursday for two masked men who fled a Burger King days ago after an attempted robbery went wrong, resulting in the death of one of their accomplices.
The two suspects – who have not yet been identified – burst into one of the chain’s restaurants Monday night in Nashville with the 18-year-old Kenneth Jernigan, police said.
They were met by the manager, Maurice Farris – who struggled Jernigan on the ground. Shots exchanged during the confrontation left Farris in critical condition with a torso injury, while Jernigan was “mortally wounded during the fight, police added.
“Farris actions, which put him in significant risk, to prevent direct confrontations between the masked robbers and staff,” Metro Nashville Police Department said.
Officials added that Farris doesn’t have a weapon during the incident and were still investigating the source of the gunfire.
The remaining masked suspects fled the scene in a white SUV.
The police said prior to the alleged robbery attempt, Jernigan was arrested for car theft on April 23, and was released on a $3,500 bond.
Burger King told Fox 17 News that the help of the police with the investigation.
“While we are still looking for the details of this matter, we are saddened to hear about this tragic incident,” the company said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the person affected by this incident.”
A man who described himself as a childhood best friend of Farris promised that he will make a recovery.
“I know, he is a fighter, and I am 100 percent sure that he will come back, but it’s still scary,” Benjamin Boshers told News Channel 5.