Man fatally shot by police in front of motorists on I 65
Nine officers opened fire when man quickly pulled object from his pocket
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is taking over the case of a man shot and killed by officers this afternoon on the interstate in Nashville.
Metro police say it started around 2PM (CST) when a state trooper stopped to deal with a man who was sitting on the guardrail on I-65 north.
Officials say the trooper was offering him a ride to get off of the interstate.
But the 37 year old man pushed away from the officer and produced a boxcutter.
Police describe him as highly agitated, but they did not know why.
Eventually, Metro police, more troopers and an off-duty Mount Juliet officer surrounded him and blocked off the interstate.
As drivers looked on, they tried to talk him down for about 30 minutes.
A spokesman says the man suddenly pulled a silver, shiny object from his pocket and 9 officers opened fire.
The object did not turn out to be a gun.
The following video posted by an onlooker has been edited to freeze the image as officers opened fire.