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Police: Man shot, killed after pointing gun at officers in south Nashville neighborhood

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John D. Acree (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department) John D. Acree (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Officer William Wright (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department) Officer William Wright (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department)
The shooting happened on the 800 block of Forest Hills Drive. The shooting happened on the 800 block of Forest Hills Drive.
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A man with a history of mental health issues was shot and killed by police at his home in south Nashville after he allegedly pointed his gun at officers when they came to serve him a warrant.

More than 30 police cars and a SWAT team responded to the home at 812 Forest Hills Dr. after the shots were fired at 7:51 a.m. Thursday.

Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron said four Midtown Precinct officers arrived at 7:45 a.m. to serve a warrant to 53-year-old John D. Acree, who failed to appear in court on Wednesday.

Two officers went to the front of the home, and two went to the back. When the officers at the front door asked Acree to come outside, he reportedly refused and headed to the back of the house.

The officers behind the house said Acree opened the back door and came into the threshold armed with a semi-automatic pistol. Police said he pointed the weapon at Officer William Wright.

"The officers believed they were going to be fired upon, and they fired on Acree," Aaron said.

Wright, 29, exchanged gunfire with Acree and fired the fatal shot, according to Aaron. Wright is believed to be the only officer who fired shots during the encounter. The four-year veteran has been put on routine administrative assignment.

Police said it is unclear who fired first. Acree was pronounced dead on the scene with a gun in his hand.

The officers were aware that Acree had a history of mental illness, which is why four officers arrived to serve the warrant, but Aaron said they had "no idea they would be met with this type of response."

"This man obviously had mental health problems, believing he was under surveillance," Aaron said.

Acree's brother was inside the home at the time of the shooting and told police he did not hear or see anything.

Police cleared the home because they were aware additional firearms could be inside and deemed it to be safe before letting neighbors come and go.

Officers talked with neighbors to find out what they saw and heard.

"The residents on this street are very aware of this individual and have been very concerned about his behaviors," Aaron said.

Acree was supposed to appear in court on an aggravated burglary charge stemming from an incident in January when a neighbor said he got inside their home just as she was getting out of the shower.

Police said the resident found Acree taking photos of her home. He accused her family of using surveillance on him and said he was doing the same thing to her.

Acree was initially charged with a misdemeanor, which was recently upgraded to a felony.

Neighbors also became concerned when Acree photographed children and accused some in the area of harboring federal agents to spy on him.

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