Man killed in South Nashville shooting, police investigating self-defense claim

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police are investigating a claim of self-defense regarding a deadly shooting in South Nashville early Saturday morning.

Police say officers were called to a home on Scotwood Drive at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday for a reported shooting. When officers arrived, they found 49-year-old Phillip Hawkins, Jr. dead in the front passenger seat of a white sedan. Hawkins had been shot in the chest.

Angela James, 51, called 911 to report the shooting and told police she had been driving Hawkins around Nashville, looking for his truck which was apparently being driven by another acquaintance. James told investigators Hawkins grew more and more agitated, held her at gunpoint and forced her to drive for about two hours, according to police.

Hawkins and James then reportedly got into a physical argument when they arrived at Hawkins’ home on Scotwood Drive. They began struggling over the gun and during the struggle, Hawkins was shot in the chest.

James is in custody for questioning and police are investigating her claim of self-defense.

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