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Shooter claims self-defense in the shooting of a former councilman

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Former Metro Councilman Loniel Greene Jr. (Source: Former Metro Councilman Loniel Greene Jr. (Source:
Brandon Hunt-Clark (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department) Brandon Hunt-Clark (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department)

The shooter of Loniel Greene said he had no choice but defend himself when the former councilman used a racial slur to him and then approached him in a threatening matter, according to witnesses and people who have spoken to Hunt-Clark.

“I think his story is truly a case of self-defense on his part,” said Carrie Searcy, Hunt-Clark’s attorney.

In his first interview since being arrested himself in a different incident, Greene himself is responding to the self-defense story, saying that even if Hunt-Clark felt threatened, the shooting was unreasonable.

“Whether you're threatened or not, if that's his defense, that's his defense, I think it's unreasonable. And I think reasonable minds can agree, to shoot someone because you feel threatened, I don't think that's a reasonable position to take," Greene said.

Greene was heading to get gas last November when surveillance video from a gas station shows him slowing down to have some kind of conversation with two men walking on the street, Hunt-Clark and his friend Justin Lawton.

The surveillance video shows Greene parked the car and one minute later follows the two men down the street and takes off his sweater in the process.

Police said that Greene was at some point shot three times by Hunt-Clark.

At the time, Greene said he couldn’t discuss the specifics of what happened because it was an ongoing criminal investigation.

But the Channel 4 I-Team was able to track down the driver of a silver car who dropped Hunt-Clark off at the gas station and picked him up immediately after the shooting.

The driver, who asked not to be identified because of the ongoing investigation, and another source close to the criminal investigation, confirm what Hunt-Clark said happened: that when Green drove by Hunt-Clark and Lawton, the former councilman use a racial slur – the “N” word – referring to the two men.

Hunt-Clark’s attorney says her client was confused and upset.

"He was a 19 year old kid, he was afraid of what was happening. He didn't know this person, and he didn't know what his intentions were,” Searcy said.

Hunt-Clark told his attorney, and the driver of the silver car, that the next thing he knew, he saw the unknown man approaching them and taking off his sweater, looking at if he wanted to fight.

Hunt Clark’s attorney said her client shot Greene in self-defense.

"His reaction, I would consider, is normal in terms of self-defense," Searcy said.

Greene refused to do an on-camera interview, but agreed to speak with us over the phone.

“He (Hunt-Clark) says you used a racial slur in speaking to them,” asked chief investigative reporter Jeremy Finley.

"I have no knowledge of that," Greene said.

“This is what he (Hunt-Clark) has to say. We have two other individuals backing up what he has to say. Does that indicate that maybe you aren't being completely truthful with what happened that night?" Finley asked.

"I don't know who you're speaking of, I don't know these individuals. What I can tell you is that I have been fully engaged, and fully cooperative with the police investigation," Greene said.

The Channel 4 I-Team also asked Greene about the recorded jail conversations that led to his criminal charge of coercing a witness, where he talks about “shutting down” a woman who accused Greene’s cousin of domestic violence.

"We're gonna litigate that, and I’m not going to speak on that,” Greene said.

"I’ve heard those conversations, and they seem pretty damning,” Finley said.

"It's two sides to every story, and I’m not going to fight this in the court of public opinion. I’m going to fight it in the court of law,” Greene said.

As for Hunt-Clark’s charge for shooting Greene, a spokesman for the district attorney said those charges are still pending and Metro is still waiting on extradition, which will occur after the Mississippi armed robbery case is resolved.

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