Decommissioned Metro officer indicted on murder charge in 2018 East Nashville shooting

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A decommissioned Metro Police officer has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge in a 2018 shooting near The Pharmacy restaurant in East Nashville that killed a man.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Nathan Glass was decommissioned by Metro Police a few weeks ago. The shooting occurred on October 3, 2018 around 6:30 p.m. when a Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Impala opened fire on each other on West Eastland Avenue at McFerrin Avenue.

According to police, the men got out of their cars and continued shooting. Glass, a security guard at The Pharmacy at the time, reportedly engaged the men who were shooting and fired back at them. 

Police said a man inside the Mustang, identified as 25-year-old De’Angelo Knox, was killed and he was targeted by three other men. Metro police previously reported that Glass fired at Knox after he crashed the Mustang and headed toward him with the gun in his hand.

Both vehicles remained at the scene and police said several people fled on foot. No one was injured at The Pharmacy.

Metro Police said the investigation into the shooting was completed in late January 2019, after which time the DA’s office was sent the case file for review. Metro Police maintains that the District Attorney’s Office concluded Glass would not be prosecuted.

Before the shooting occurred, Glass had applied to the Metro Police Department and was scheduled to be part of the training academy class that began on October 16, 2018. His entry into MNPD academy was halted after the shooting incident and investigation.

Metro Police said that once the DA’s office decided not to prosecute, Glass was admitted into the MNPD academy on March 16, 2019. He graduated on August 6, and MNPD says Glass has had no disciplinary infractions as a police department employee.

Chief John Drake ordered Glass be decommissioned of policing authority on October 27, 2020, pending an investigation by the Office of Professional Accountability into social media posts made by Glass in 2013 that they were unaware of.

Metro Police tells News 2 that one of the questions they have is how knowledge of the posts would have factored into Glass’ hiring. Chief Drake is also reportedly looking into the process of how Glass entered the academy.

District Attorney Glenn Funk started reviewing the 2018 shooting case, and MNPD said they were made aware of this during the last week of October.

The NAACP demanded a federal investigation into Glass.

Sheryl Guinn, President of the Nashville branch of NAACP said, “As he was running away from the gunmen. and past the Pharmacy burger restaurant, the male white Pharmacy burger security guard who was working inside the restaurant opened the Pharmacy burger door and for no justifiable reason stood in the doorway and shot Mr. Knox in the back of the head.”

Glass surrendered Thursday afternoon, and his decommissioned status remains unchanged at this time.

Attorney David Raybin of Raybin & Weissman who is representing Glass released a statement, saying in part that Glass had been released on $50,000 bond.

Metro Police Officer Nathan Glass was indicted today on the charge of second-degree murder.  He and I appeared at the Magistrate’s office for his booking.  Officer Glass has been released on a $50,000 bond.

The District Attorney’s Office had earlier conducted an extensive review of this case and concluded that “the video does corroborate that Mr. Glass had a reasonable belief that his life and the lives of others were at risk.” We agree with that assessment. We will enter a plea of not guilty by reason of self-defense and the defense of the many patrons in the restaurant where he was working as a security guard. 

Attorney David Raybin, Attorney representing Nathan Glass

The NAACP Nashville Branch will be holding a news conference on the indictment of Glass at 5 p.m. Thursday at the NAACP Office on Jefferson Street. The family of De’Angelo Knox is expected to be present at the news conference.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and for updates.

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