Convicted Felon Arrested for Attempted Homicide in Nashville

Jozmel Hugger faces multiple charges after a March 8 shooting incident.
Public Safety

In a recent apprehension that has brought a wave of relief to the Napier community in Nashville, 44-year-old Jozmel Hugger, a convicted felon, has been arrested in connection with a shooting that occurred on March 8, leaving a 40-year-old man injured. The arrest was made by detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division, drawing attention to the ongoing efforts of law enforcement to address gun violence and maintain public safety.

The incident, which unfolded in the J.C. Napier community, reportedly began with a verbal altercation between Hugger and the victim. The argument escalated rapidly, resulting in Hugger allegedly opening fire on the victim, who, in a bid for self-defense, returned fire. The confrontation led to the victim sustaining non-life-threatening injuries and subsequently being transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center via private vehicle.

Hugger was located and apprehended on Charles E. Davis Boulevard by detectives, who found him in possession of a handgun at the time of his arrest. This arrest marks another significant chapter in Hugger’s criminal history, following his 2004 conviction for aggravated robbery.

Facing charges of attempted criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and two counts of felony gun possession, Hugger’s arrest underscores the challenges and dangers of firearm-related crimes in urban communities. Currently, he remains detained on a $710,000 bond, as the legal process unfolds in response to this grave incident.

This case not only highlights the swift action taken by Nashville’s law enforcement in response to gun violence but also raises critical questions about the patterns of re-offense among convicted felons and the broader implications for community safety and criminal justice reform. As the Napier community and the city at large seek to recover from the scars of this event, the focus intensifies on the measures needed to prevent such incidents in the future.

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