GOODLETTSVILLE, TN. (THECOUNT) — According to police, Emani Martin Jr. has been identified as the second suspect arrested in the death of Hendersonville Police officer Spencer Bristol.

Martin, 19, led officer Bristol on a high speed pursuit before fleeing the vehicle on I-65, officials confirmed Tuesday morning.


Bristol was in a foot pursuit of Martin and Kevin Jordan, also 19, when he was fatally struck by a vehicle on Interstate 65 Monday night around 7:30 p.m.

Emani Martin Jr (MUGSHOT)

Troopers responded to a vehicle crash that occurred on I-65 near Vietnam Vets Pkwy and the Rivergate Mall.

The crash reportedly followed a chase that commenced in Hendersonville and snaked into the Goodlettsville area.

At some point, Officer Bristol chased the passenger across I-65 southbound where he was hit by oncoming traffic.

The woman that hit the officer pulled over and seems “distraught” by what happened, troopers tell FOX 17 News. Officer Bristol was immediately rushed to Skyline Medical Center, where he passed away, reports WGXA.

Jordan was taken into custody shortly after the vehicle crashed. A passenger in the suspect vehicle ran away from the scene and remains at large.

Bristol leaves behind his wife, Lauren, their 3-year-old daughter, and his parents.

Anyone with possible information on the incident should contact police at 911.


Geo quick facts: Goodlettsville is a city in Davidson and Sumner counties, Tennessee. Goodlettsville was incorporated as a city in 1958 with a population of just over 3,000 residents; at the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 15,921 and in 2018 the population was 16,859 – Wikipedia.