Firefighter claims self defense in brother's fatal stabbing - WKRN News 2

Firefighter claims self defense in brother's fatal stabbing

Posted: Updated: Oct 2, 2012 6:15 PM
Joshua Alexander, 38, says he stabbed his brother in self defense. Joshua Alexander, 38, says he stabbed his brother in self defense.
Jesse Alexander, 26, died after being stabbed in the chest Saturday night outside LP Field. Jesse Alexander, 26, died after being stabbed in the chest Saturday night outside LP Field.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Nashville firefighter who Metro police say stabbed and killed his brother following Tennessee State University's homecoming game at LP Field says he did so in self defense.

Jesse "Juice" Alexander was stabbed in the chest following an altercation with his older brother, Joshua Alexander, in the parking lot outside the stadium Saturday night.

The 26-year-old was rushed to Baptist Hospital where he died.

In an interview with police Tuesday afternoon, Joshua Alexander, a Nashville firefighter at Station 31, claimed self defense.   Police said his statement is supported by witnesses and evidence recovered from the scene and no charges have been filed.

Police said the case would be reviewed by the district attorney at the conclusion of the investigation.

In the meantime, the Nashville Fire Department has placed Joshua Alexander, 38, on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Jesse Alexander was a member of the U.S. Army and once attended TSU, according to his Facebook page.

Nashville's News 2 Investigates has learned he was arrested in Nashville on February 21, 2011 for resisting arrest.

According to the police affidavit, he refused to put his hands behind his back after being told to do so multiple times.  He also reportedly refused to get in the back of the patrol car.

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