Clarksville attorney shot, killed during standoff with police - WKRN News 2

Clarksville attorney shot, killed during standoff with police

Posted: Updated: Nov 12, 2012 5:00 PM

A Clarksville attorney has been identified as the man shot and killed after a standoff with Clarksville police Saturday night.

Officers were called to the Pond Apple Road home of Richard "Todd" Hansrote.

According to police, the 46-year-old threatened to kill himself, his wife and anyone else who tried to enter the home.

Once on scene, officers secured the neighborhood and attempted to contact Hansrote inside the home.

"The police were out surrounding different places and we just couldn't tell a whole lot what was going on, it was like they were standing back trying to negotiate," one neighbor told Nashville's News 2.

Police said Hansrote eventually stopped communicating.

Around 8:15 p.m., officers reportedly heard shots fired inside the home. Hansrote then exited the home and fired a gun.

According to police, Hansrote posed an imminent threat when he was fatally shot.

Police said Saturday was not the first time they had been called to the Hansrote residence, and they knew he had several weapons inside.

Hansrote was a criminal defense attorney with a law firm in downtown Clarksville.

A friend of Hansrote told Nashville's News 2 the well known attorney will be missed in the community.

Michael Johansen said he has known Hansrote for 19 years.

"I've known him this long, and now I don't have him to call anymore.  That's a tough pill to swallow," said Johansen.

He continued, "I wasn't there. Only God knows what happened over there Saturday night, but I wish it would of had a different outcome."

The name or employment status of the Clarksville police officer involved has not been released.

The case has been turned over to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The investigation will be open for several weeks before it is turned over to the district attorney general.

A request for the 911 call was denied pending the completion of the investigation.

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