NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro Police are investigating after a man was shot and killed during a confrontation at a Madison gas station early Friday morning.
Officers responded to Exxon Tigermarket on Gallatin Pike South near Emmitt Avenue around 1:30 a.m. for a reported shooting. Arriving officers found a vehicle crashed into a light pole and a driver with multiple gunshot wounds.
According to police, there had been an altercation inside the gas station a short time earlier when the driver entered the store with a gun and was involved in a verbal argument with another man.
Witnesses told Metro police the driver was arguing with the boyfriend of one of the store’s employees.
The driver left and came back a short time later, which is when he reportedly displayed a gun to the other man. The man then fired his gun into the driver’s vehicle 22 times, striking him at least five times, according to Metro Police.
The victim was later identified as 34-year-old Justin Sturgis. The suspect was identified as 24-year-old Azon Smith.
“Appeared to have pulled the gun on this man here, he fired from what we can tell at the moment possibly in self-defense, it looks it’s going to be self-defense, l don’t know that for sure yet like I said we’re still doing an investigation,” explained Detective Ernie Jones with Metro police.
Sturgis was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center where he died shortly after arriving. Metro Police do not believe he ever fired a shot.
Late Friday, Metro Police said they are continuing to investigate Smith’s claim of self-defense. The argument reportedly stemmed from Sturgis reportedly not liking the way Smith was looking at him. Smith told investigators that Sturgis threatened him and his girlfriend.
Smith has not been charged at this time.
This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and WKRN.com for updates.