Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Robbery suspects shot at house; 1 dead

TUESDAY • September 30, 2008 Metro police are investigating a shooting during a robbery attempt outside a South Nashville home that left one suspect dead and one injured. According to Metro police Randy Hickerson, police have gathered the following account: Officers responded about 10:30 p.m. Monday to a shooting scene outside a home in the 600 block of Tobylynn Drive. Officers determined that a man had arrived home and was unloading his vehicle when two armed individuals wearing ski masks approached him. They brandished what appeared to be firearms and demanded money. The homeowner had a handgun in his hand and fired five shots at the suspects. One of the suspects collapsed at the scene, and the second suspect fled on foot, Hickerson said. The man who collapsed was transported to Southern Hills Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. He was 19.About an hour after the shooting, a man was brought to Southern Hills by private vehicle with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. It was determined that this man was the second suspect. He is 23. A weapon was recovered at the scene, Hickerson said. It is a large BB gun that looks like a semiautomatic handgun. Police believe the man who collapsed at the scene was carrying that weapon.The homeowner's handgun could shoot regular rounds or could be used to shoot small shotgun shells, Hickerson said.It was unknown overnight what type of weapon the second suspect carried.The homeowner was not injured in the incident.The investigation, which occurred off of Edmonson Pike in the South Precinct, will continue and will present the facts to the district attorney's office. Any decision on criminal charges will come from the DA's office, Hickerson said.— LEIGH RAY Leigh Ray can be reached at 615-726-5951 or lray@tennessean.com.This story has been modified since its original publication.

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