NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A security guard was shot and killed and the suspect was subsequently shot by Metro officers at a Nashville liquor store Thursday night.
It happened at Frugal MacDoogal on Division Street just before 8:30 p.m.
Metro police said the situation began as a physical altercation between the store’s security guard — later identified as 59-year-old Robert Scott Meek — and a 40-year-old man in the parking lot of the store. Meek, of Dickson, was pronounced deceased upon arrival at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released the suspect’s identity Friday afternoon. They said they have issued warrants for the arrest of Randy Levi, who has been hospitalized. He is being treated for his injuries and being monitored by Metro police. He will be served with one count of criminal homicide and three counts of attempted criminal homicide following the deadly shooting upon his release from the hospital.
Metro police reported the altercation happened after Levi had been discovered attempting to steal a drink from the liquor store. Meek removed him from the store, but Levi went to a nearby business and started causing a commotion, according to a release.
Levi reportedly returned to the parking lot and got into a fight with Meek. During the altercation, he removed Meek’s gun and shot him before retreating into the store, according to Metro police.
Three Metro police officers, identified as Blake Curry, Steven Luckey and Trevor Taylor, responded to the scene. The three found the store manager tending to Meek in the parking lot.
The officers then entered the store where they encountered Levi near the back cooler. Metro police said the suspect fired a shot at Officer Taylor.
Officers Curry and Luckey returned fire. The victim fell down but reportedly fired more rounds at the officers from the ground. Metro police said Officers Curry and Lucky fired again, ending the shootout.
The suspect was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he is said to be in stable condition.
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There is no word on how many customers were inside the store at the time of the shooting, but Metro police say there were many witnesses to the incident.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating Meek’s death, along with the officer-involved shooting.
Officer Taylor, a five-year MNPD veteran, Officer Luckey, who has been with the MNPD for two years, and Officer Curry, who has been with the MNPD for 17 months, are on routine administrative assignment, as is the department’s policy for officers involved in a shooting incident.