Metro police investigate homicide on Shelby Street bridge


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police are investigating a homicide on the Shelby Street bridge.

A tweet from police states the shooting happened around 12:51 a.m. Sunday.

Police say 36-year-old Benjamin Baker was shot and killed. In addition, one other man received a leg wound. Metro police say that man claims he fired the gun in self-defense during an altercation with Baker. This claim of self-defense is currently under investigation. A review of surveillance video showed police that Baker was wearing a ski mask and walked up behind a 20-year-old man on the bridge.

Police say Baker appeared to pull out a handgun before confronting the man. After an exchange of gunfire between the two, Baker was shot in the chest and the 20-year-old was shot in the leg.

Baker was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died. Both handguns were recovered.

The investigation is ongoing. No other information was immediately released.

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