On a Tennessee highway
A horrific incident took place on Thursday on the Interstate 65 in Nashville, Tennessee, as police officers shot dead a 37-year-old man who was holding a box cutter. The victim’s name was Landon Eastep.
The Metro Nashville Police Department then released footage of the incident, as Eastep was stopped on the highway.
He was holding a box cutter and the nine officers – including an off-duty Mount Juliet officer who stopped at the incident – tried to negotiate with him to put it down.
“The Mt. Juliet officer attempted to de-escalate the situation and dialogue with Eastep for some 30 minutes as he held the box cutter in his left hand and kept his right hand in his pocket,” police spokesman Don Aaron said.
But, Eastep then pulled something out of his pocket and the officers opened fire, killing him as 12 gunshots were heard, two of them once the victim was already on the ground.
It was later confirmed that he wasn’t carrying any firearm and the incident is now being investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
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