Manuel Ochoa Palomo spits in officer’s face during dispute at Southern Hills Hospital

Manuel Ochoa Palomo spits in officer’s face during dispute at Southern Hills Hospital

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20-year-old Manuel Ochoa Palomo was involved in an altercation with a police officer at Southern Hills Hospital on March 23rd. Officers tried to speak with Palomo because his cousin was also admitted to the hospital with a gunshot wound. As they engaged in conversation with him, he started becoming extremely angry. Palomo started to scream and yell derogatory comments at officers. Staff at the hospital warned Palomo that if he did not stop, he would be discharged from the hospital. Palomo responded by saying that “he has never been as drunk as he was now” and calmed down. About a minute later, Palomo became angry again and started yelling. The hospital staff then discharged Palomo and requested that he be removed from the building. Officers escorted Palomo out of the building, where he continued to be disorderly. Since Palomo’s behavior continued, he was taken into custody. Shortly after calming down in the back of the police car, Palomo started kicking the back window. This prompted an officer to try to put hobbles on his feet. While doing so, Palomo spit in the face of Officer McCluskey. Manuel Ochoa Palomo was then transported to booking and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Manuel Ochoa Palomo (MNPD)
Manuel Ochoa Palomo (MNPD)

Manuel S. Ochoa Palomo of John Wright Road in Mount Juliet, TN, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on March 23rd, charged with assault of officer, and public intoxication and disorderly conduct. A judicial commissioner set his bond at $5,000, and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office gave him pre-trial release from their facility.

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