Suspected shooter arrested after deadly home invasion in West Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Jealousy led a man to fatally shoot another man during an apparent home invasion at an apartment in West Nashville last week, Metro police revealed Tuesday.

Detectives said Lenoris Johnson, 31, was arrested the day prior at his residence on Old Matthews Road. He was charged with criminal homicide for the shooting death of Quiondre Charles Benson, 23.

Metro officers had responded just after midnight on March 11 to an apartment on Alameda Street, near Boyd Park, for a reported shooting and assault.

Lenoris Johnson (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

When police arrived, they said they learned a man had forced his way into an apartment, shooting Benson and striking his female friend in the face, before fleeing.

Benson, who was located on the bedroom floor of the apartment with a gunshot wound, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he died shortly after arriving, according to investigators.

A warrant states video surveillance from the area of the homicide showed a vehicle, matching one owned by Johnson, park on a Alameda Street, a few houses down from the scene. When Benson arrived and entered the residence, the paperwork alleges Johnson got out of his vehicle and made his way into the apartment.

A witness told detectives that Johnson forced his way through the front door of the apartment and made his way upstairs, where he shot and killed Benson, then fled.

Metro police said jealousy was the motive for the killing and explained Johnson also knew the woman who lived at the apartment, but did not elaborate further.

No bond was initially set for Johnson, who police said was booked into the Metro jail Monday night.

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