JUST IN: Interstate 65 near Brentwood has been shut down and traffic is backed up for miles after an officer-involved shooting on the interstate. Video filmed by television station WSMV shows nearly a dozen officers opening fire on a man walking on the interstate.
According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, their officers, along with Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers and an off-duty Mt Juliet officer fatally shot the man.
Newschannel 5 in Nashville reports:
According to Metro police, a THP trooper stopped a man sitting on a guard on I-65 north around 2 p.m. The trooper stopped to offer him a ride off the interstate and after a brief conversation the two walked toward the trooper’s car. Metro police said then, the man pushed away from the trooper and had a box cutter in his hand. At this point, the trooper called MNPD for assistance.Newschannel 5
The incident began sometime before 2 p.m., when the THP confirmed they were on scene investigating a report of a person who potentially had a box cutter, the Tennessean reported.
Mt. Juliet Capt. Tyler Chandler told reporters at the scene the man’s family was in a car on the interstate and witnessed the shooting.
“The officer is very upset the family had to see the interaction,” Tyler said. “A lot of people on this interstate saw this take place. The man’s family, our prayers and thoughts go out to them.”
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BREAKING: TBI is investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting on I-65 in Crieve Hall this afternoon. See the latest information on the investigation. https://t.co/BN83p7EzNN pic.twitter.com/eO8YAMShYV— WSMV News4 Nashville (@WSMV) January 27, 2022
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. #slowdown #moveover pic.twitter.com/NVPQlGuhnH— myTDOT (@myTDOT) January 27, 2022