I-65 Closed in Nashville Due to a Reported Officer-Involved Shooting


According to Metro Police, MNPD officers, THP troopers & an off-duty Mt Juliet officer fatally shot a 37-yr-old man who had been walking along the Interstate.

UPDATE 8 PM – In a press conference held earlier this evening Don Aaron, Public Affairs Director for MPD, gave more details into Thursday’s incident.

As explained by Aaron, around 2pm Thursday, a THP trooper, traveling northbound on I-65, spotted a man sitting on the guardrail. The trooper tried to get the man off the interstate. At this point, the man “kinda pushed away from the trooper and produced a box cutter,” Aaron says.

The trooper then called Metro Police for assistance. While waiting for Metro Police to arrive, an off-duty Mt Juliet police officer traveling northbound on I-65 saw what was happening and stopped. Both the trooper and the Mt Juliet police officer talked to the man for about 30 minutes in hopes of de-escalating the situation, Aaron says.

Aaron says the man had the boxcutter in his left hand and his right hand was in his pocket.

Around 2:30pm, as the officers were talking to the man, the man pulled his right hand out of his pocket “holding a shiny, silver, cylindrical object. The officers, not knowing what that was, and given his very abrupt movement, kind-of aiming something towards the officers, the officers fired.”

A total of 9 law enforcement personnel fired on the individual – 6 Metro Police, 2 THP and the off-duty Mt Juliet officer, Aaron says.

The TBI will be conducted the full investigation.

UPDATE 4:00 PM – 2 southbound lanes of I-65 are open. Northbound lanes remain closed beginning at OHB.

I-65 is CLOSED in Nashville due to a reported officer-involved shooting on the interstate.

Please find an alternate route while the police investigate. SB lanes are closed at Harding Pl. and NB lanes are closed at Old Hickory Blvd.

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