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What is a Blue Alert?

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by: Sebastian Posey, Slater Teague

Posted: Jun 28, 2022 / 04:53 PM EDT

Updated: Jun 28, 2022 / 07:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) issued two Blue Alerts on Tuesday: one for Samuel Quinton Edwards, who is accused of shooting a Hendersonville police officer Monday night during a police chase, and a second for BJ Brown, who is accused of shooting an officer in Erin, Tennessee.

What is a Blue Alert?

TBI began issuing Blue Alerts in July 2011. The purpose of the system - established by Tennessee Code (TCA 38-6-122) - is to provide "rapid dissemination of information to the public to assist in apprehending violent criminals who kill or seriously injure law enforcement officers in the line of duty or to aid in locating a missing officer where foul play is involved."

The Blue Alert program uses the statewide infrastructure of America's Missing Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert system.

Who issues a Blue Alert?

The alerts are issued by the staff in TBI's Criminal Intelligence Unit. According to TBI's website, when the department receives a request from a law enforcement agency that death or serious injury of a law enforcement officer has occurred, administrators will ensure that the Blue Alert criteria have been met, then proceed to issue the alert.

Criteria for Blue Alerts

All the following criteria must be met for TBI to activate a Blue Alert:

The Blue Alert for Samuel Q. Edwards was issued on Tuesday, June 28. He is wanted by the Metro Nashville Police Department and the TBI for Attempted Criminal Homicide and Evading Arrest by Motor Vehicle.

Samuel Q. Edwards (Courtesy: MNPD)

Edwards is believed to be armed with two guns. If you see him, you are asked to call 911 immediately.

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