Police are investigating the death of 46-year-old Edward Matthews.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro police are investigating the discovery of a homeless man found shot to death Tuesday morning in downtown Nashville.
Central Precinct Officer Lloyd Sharp, during a routine check of the area, discovered the man's body at about 6:45 a.m. on a park bench on Church Street at 5th Avenue North.
Police spokesperson Don Aaron said at first, Officer Sharp attempted to wake the man but discovered upon closer examination he had been shot in the head.
Police have identified the man as 46-year-old Edward Matthews and say he is known to the police department.
Matthews had been charged with 190 offenses in Nashville over the past 20 years.
Most recently, he was arrested on a trespassing charge in October.
Aaron said, "This man has been in the downtown area for a number of years. He has been arrested a number of times for various issues over those years. At this juncture we are working to determine who may have been with him in the late night, early morning hours and who may be responsible for this."
Police said Matthews was last seen alive on Lower Broadway, perhaps near Tootsies, at about 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. Monday.
They do not know when he arrived at 5th Avenue and Church Street but believe he was not dropped off and the shooting occurred in the area.
"We'll be checking area businesses, we'll be checking to see what electronic systems they have, be they video or other means can be of any assistance to us," Aaron said.
Police are calling the shooting "very unusual."
Detectives are pursuing leads, including talking with homeless individuals downtown about what they might have seen or heard during the night.
A motive is not known.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.