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Man Killed in Hail of Police Bullets Fired by NINE Cops on Nashville Interstate

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Nine law enforcement officials in Tennessee opened hearth on a 37-year-old man on Thursday afternoon after a confrontation on an interstate freeway in Nashville. The man, who police stated had been sitting on a guardrail on the busy roadway, died.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation recognized the sufferer late Thursday as Landon Eastep. Samantha McGill-Barge, Eastep’s sister-in-law, instructed The Daily Beast she was baffled that he was on the freeway Thursday.

“I wasn’t aware there was anything wrong,” she stated. She added that Eastep’s widow was in contact with a lawyer however had no plans to take authorized motion. The two had dated for almost 4 years and been married simply shy of a 12 months, McGill-Barge stated.

“He loved my sister and my kids very much and, to my knowledge, was a good guy. It’s a very unfortunate situation. I’m in shock. I was at home with my kids when I found out,” she stated.

McGill-Barge wrote in a fundraiser for Eastep and his spouse that he had been “murdered by several officers.”

“This man had only a box cutter and had already shown it to officers before they killed him in cold blood,” she stated. “He was shot for no good reason at all and he did not deserve to die. He has left behind his wife, and she has no means to financially care for herself during grieving, bury Landon, or even provide any services for her husband.”

Nashville courtroom information point out Eastep had an impressive cost of home assault with bodily damage from November. His subsequent courtroom date was scheduled for April.

In a video filmed by a bystander and posted to Twitter by information outlet WSMV, Eastep may be seen standing nonetheless in the precise lane of the freeway as nearly a dozen Tennessee Highway Patrolmen and Nashville Police look on, weapons drawn. The total freeway is blocked on each side. Eastep raises his arms in direction of police, and the video pauses. Multiple gunshots can then be heard.

In a press briefing, Nashville Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron stated a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer was touring alongside the interstate on Thursday afternoon when he seen Eastep sitting on the guardrail.

When the trooper stopped and spoke to Eastep, attempting to get him off the freeway, the person pulled out a field cutter, Aaron stated. An off-duty Mt. Juliet police officer, who was touring dwelling along with his household, noticed what was occurring and stopped.

The two tried to deescalate the state of affairs for the higher half of half an hour, in accordance with Aaron.

“The man was holding a box cutter in his left hand. His right hand was in his pocket,” Aaron stated. But as law enforcement officials arrived and continued talking to Eastep, he “suddenly” pulled an unidentified “shiny, silver cylindrical object” out of his proper pocket, Aaron stated.

Nine officers then shot Eastep, in accordance with Aaron, who added that police haven’t but decided what the item was however that it was not a firearm. No Tasers have been used earlier than the gunfire, although at the least one officer had one on standby, he added.

“Once the shiny cylindrical object was seen, the officers fired. Not knowing what that was, the officers were firing in defense of themselves, not knowing what potential threat could have been in that right hand as it quickly emerged out of his pocket,” stated Aaron.

Eastep was taken to a close-by hospital and pronounced lifeless.

“Through the conversation, the trooper believed it would be OK. It was the pushing away from the trooper and producing the box cutter that escalated it up to a greater law enforcement response,” he stated.

Traffic on each side of the freeway was backed up for miles following the confrontation, in accordance with The Tennessean.

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