A heroic Nashville police officer who was going door-to-door to evacuate people before the bombing attributes the voice of God with saving his life, plus the latest information about the suspect and the bombing.
James Wells was one of the six Nashville police officers that has been credited with heroism for helping to evacuate people in the minutes before the bomb exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning. He claims he heard the voice of God instructing him to check on the safety of a female officer only moments before the massive blast occurred, the Daily Wire reported.
“This might not be politically correct, but this is my truth: I literally heard God tell me to turn around and go check on [officer] Topping, who was by herself down on Broadway,” Nashville police officer James Wells said. “As I turned around, for me it felt like I only took three steps, and then the music stopped, and as I’m walking back toward Topping now, I just see orange, and then I hear a loud boom. And as I’m stumbling, [because] it rocked me that hard, I start stumbling, I just tell myself, “Just stay on your feet, stay alive,” and I just take [off] in a full-out sprint and I’m running toward Topping to make sure she’s okay.”
“I’m a spiritual person, and so I truly believe that when I do this job, I’m led by that voice, how I treat people, how I go about doing this job every day, that’s what guides me,” Wells continued. “And I truly believe that that’s what guided me in that sense because I was literally getting ready to walk back toward that RV, and you watch the video, you can see that moment of clarity for me when I heard God say, ‘Go and check on [officer] Topping.’”
Law enforcement authorities in Rutherford and Wilson counties in Tennessee are investigating a white box truck that was parked outside a convenience store playing audio that was “similar to what was heard before the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville.”
The box van was at Crossroads Market in Walter Hill, in Lebanon, Tennessee. Dispatchers for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 10:30 AM alerting them to the vehicle and the audio, Fox reported.
After an investigation by the bomb squad using a bomb-detecting robot, no explosives or other dangerous materials were found in the suspicious vehicle, the Independent reported. However, the driver, who was accompanied by a minor, was arrested.
The driver, 33-year-old James Turgeon, was arrested and charged with two counts of felony filing a false report and one count of tampering with evidence, ABC reported. The latter count stems from Turgeon intentionally damaging the wiring of the speaker system to make it appear as if it was inoperable.
Authorities have confirmed the identity of the Nashville bombing suspect and announced that remains found at the site have been positively identified through DNA as that of the bomber.
Authorities confirm that Anthony Quinn Warner is responsible for the bombing. Human tissue found at the blast site have been DNA matched and identified as consistent with that of Warner, according to statements by the FBI and the Tennessee Bureau of investigation (TBI), Fox reported.
The RV that exploded in downtown Nashville on early Friday, Christmas Day, was owned by Warner. The motive remains unclear. Authorities say there is “no indication” that any other individuals were involved.
“It’s just going to take us some time,” Douglas Korneski, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis field office, said in a press conference on Saturday in reference to discovering a motive.
There has been speculation that Warner was may have believed a conspiracy theory that AT&T was using 5G technology to spy on Americans. There are still outages in multiple states related to the damage incurred by the AT&T data center building as a result of the bombing.