NASHVILLE — Nashville Police say they shot and killed a homeless man. Police have identified the man as 23-year-old Jacob Griffin. Griffin they say, was armed at the time.
Metro Nashville Police Department responded to the area of the Goodwill Industries in the 6700 block of Nolensville Road in Nashville just after 2:30 p.m. Saturday after a family member called police with concern for Griffins and others’ safety.
“He is schizophrenic and for about the last hour has been texting me messages that he plans to kill me and other people and I think it’s something Davidson County needs to address,” the family member said during a 9-1-1 call.
“He does have a gun. He has texted me pictures of a full magazine of bullets this morning. So he is armed and I personally would consider him dangerous. But he has never actually been violent. But I don’t want the police to kill him but I don’t want him to kill anyone either,” the family member continued.
The man reportedly fired a shot at police about 4:10 p.m. which prompted them to call SWAT and negotiators, police said.
According to a press conference, just after 5:15 p.m., MNPD called the Mobile Crisis staff from the Mental Health Co-Op. Once they arrived, an emergency committal paper was signed for Griffin.
He then fired another shot at officers just before police fired back, police said.
According to police, Griffin died shortly after arriving at Vanderbilt University Hospital.
Police released bodycam footage at a Sunday morning press conference.
This is the second deadly officer-involved shooting in a week in Davidson County.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating the shooting.
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