Residents Concerned About Police Gun Range In Their Backyards

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- When police train with guns, it’s usually at a gun range. In fact, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department partnered with the Murfreesboro Police Department to open a $700,000 gun range two years ago.

The gun range is right beside the sheriff’s department. “This facility is very safe,” Lisa Marchesoni, Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson said. “We have taken pains to make it safe.”

Catherine Wainscott doesn’t live anywhere near the sheriff’s department gun range. She often gardens in her backyard, in a Christiana subdivision.

“I love the peace and tranquility of being outside,” Wainscott said.

But she says that peace has been shattered by what has been happening on the farm behind her.

“I’ve witnessed paramilitary training out here,” she said as she pointed over the wire fence behind her home. In May, she took pictures showing a Murfreesboro Police car on the farm owned by a Rutherford County Sheriff’s Deputy.

“This is not a range. This is a community, and we don’t need high powered rifles being tested or trained in a community,” Allan Wainscott said, as he sat beside his wife.

He was in the Air Force and is comfortable around guns. “It was over the top,” he said as he discussed the training he saw.

The sheriff’s department responded that it tries to be good neighbors. But a past complaint from the Wainscotts about gun fire on Young’s property, didn’t stop the department from using the farm for training.

“Sargent Young lives on that property. He has a right, I believe, to use that property as he sees fit,” Lisa Marchesoni said.

She went on to say the new firing range beside the sheriff’s department is too small for the weapons the FAST Team uses.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, “So you built this facility for $700,000?”

Marchesoni responded, “Yes.”

NewsChannel 5 Investigates followed, “Why wasn’t it built to accommodate those types of weapons?

Marchesoni responded, “Most facilities are trained at 50 yards, that’s what we use most of the time.”


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