NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police are investigating a self-defense claim after a man was shot and killed at a convenience market in West Nashville late Friday night.
Officers responded to the Mapco located in the 4300 block of Harding Pike at 11:30 p.m. in response to a shooting call. Once on scene, officers were informed that Jonathan Distefano, 41, was reportedly experiencing a mental health crisis when he was shot and killed by the store’s clerk.
According to Metro police, preliminary investigation shows that Distefano was being driven by a family member to a hospital for mental health treatment when he got out of the vehicle and charged at oncoming traffic on Harding Pike.
Officials say he then got on top of a moving vehicle, which braked hard and caused the 41-year-old to roll off. Police say that’s when Distefano went to the nearby Mapco and approached the clerk who was sitting inside his vehicle in the parking lot. The clerk told officers that Distefano attempted to enter his vehicle and demanded that he give him the keys.
The clerk got out of the vehicle and attempted to flee from Distefano, who followed him into the store. Officers say Distefano noticed that the clerk was carrying a gun and threatened to shoot him with it. The clerk told officers that he and Distefano then wrestled behind the counter when Distefano tried to disarm him, which led to the clerk shooting the 41-year-old.
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Officials report that prior to the shooting, the clerk told Distefano to leave the store multiple times.
No charges have been placed at this time. The investigation remains ongoing.
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