Suspect claims self-defense in fatal North Nashville shoot-out

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Tru Booker (left) and Markus Cantrell (MNPD)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WRKN) — A man involved in a fatal shoot out in North Nashville on Monday night claims he fired in self-defense after a drug deal gone wrong, police say.

Officials say two individuals got into an altercation at the 3100 block of Ewingwood Drive around 7:30 p.m. Monday. According to Metro police, both individuals had handguns that were drawn and fired.

One of the suspects, Tru Booker, told police he was selling drugs to 28-year-old Markus Cantrell when the man pulled out a gun and shot him in the arm, attempting to rob him.

Booker, 28, was shot in the forearm and transported to Skyline Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was released and brought to North Precinct to be interviewed. That’s when he told police he shot Camtrell in self-defense.

Officials say Cantrell sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the face and was transported to Vanderbilt Hospital with life-threatening injuries. He died later at the hospital.

Police said they did not recover firearms, drugs or cash from the scene, which officials said is “of concern.”

Booker is not facing charges at this time, but officials say the investigation is ongoing. Depending on detectives’ findings, the DA’s office will determine what charges might be filed against him.

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

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