Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row releases statement, videos after man’s death ruled homicide

Dallas Barrett died after he was held down by security guards inside Dierks Bentley's Whiskey...
Dallas Barrett died after he was held down by security guards inside Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row on Aug. 16, 2021.(Photo submitted)
Updated: Nov. 5, 2021 at 4:35 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - One of Nashville’s most popular honky tonks is responding to an autopsy report about a man who died at a bar after reports of a fight.

The medical examiner says Dallas Barrett died from asphyxia. And his death has now been ruled a homicide.

Whiskey Row Nashville released the following statement and video clips to News 4.

“The most important thing for Whiskey Row Nashville is the safety and of our customers and staff.

Immediately following the events of the evening of August 16, 2021, Whiskey Row Nashville initiated an internal investigation while fully cooperating with Metropolitan Nashville Police Department in its investigation. Our investigation revealed that when security requested assistance from Metro Police, an employee of Whiskey Row Nashville immediately approached two officers standing outside Whiskey Row for assistance. The officers would not provide assistance and told the employee to call 911, which was done.

Nearly six minutes later, different Metro Officers entered the rooftop from the elevator. Whiskey Row Nashville filed an official complaint with Metro Police.

Based upon the information available to us at the time and the footage captured by our internal security video system, security staff appeared to try and de-escalate the chain of events that transpired that evening until Metro Police could arrive.

Please see the accompanying video clips leading up to Barrett’s restraint. For video description purposes, Barrett is wearing a black tee-shirt,

Bradyn Anderson is wearing a white football jersey, and Barrett’s companion is wearing a yellow tee-shirt. In a September 22, 2021 television news interview, Bradyn Anderson identifies himself as being with Barrett that evening.

The first video clip shows Anderson walking onto the dance floor, and Barrett shoves Anderson from behind. Barrett is seen shoving a young woman dancing and then bounces into security guard A. Security guard A attempts to talk to Barrett to ask him to leave, while calling over the security radio for assistance.

The second video clip shows as security was attempting to escort Barrett and others out, standing alone, Barrett turns, lunges, and assaults Security guard A which causes a laceration over his eye, requiring medical attention. Security attempts to restrain Barrett as the man in the yellow shirt and Anderson starts fighting with security. Due to Barrett’s large size, several security guards are needed to try and restrain him.

We have reviewed the Medical Examiner’s report and have requested assistance in understanding its content. Nothing is more important than the truth, and we will continue to work with the proper authorities as we have done from the start.

A life was lost, and others are suffering from emotional and physical scars. The Whiskey Row Nashville family hopes there will be healing for all involved.”

Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row

Here’s what we know from Metro Police. Since that night in August, they’ve been investigating. News 4 has shown you a video given to us by a bystander showing some of Barrett’s last moments.

Surveillance video shows Dallas Barrett's altercation inside Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row bar on Lower Broadway.

Police said they responded to reports of a fight on the top floor of Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row. When they got there, police said Barrett was unresponsive, and they began CPR. Barrett later died at the hospital.

Police said staff told them Barrett became unruly and was told to leave. They said that’s when he started fighting with security.

Clip shows security attempting to escort Dallas Barrett and others out of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row.

Police told News 4 security pulled Barrett to the ground and held him on the floor. This 10-page report from the medical examiner’s office shows the cause, manner, and circumstances of Barrett’s death.

Right now, police say no one has been arrested. Dallas’ mother Tammy Barrett released a statement to News 4 on the homicide.

“Today, I received the news that my son, Dallas Jordan Barrett, was the victim of a brutal homicide. This murder was committed by employees of Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row on August 16, 2021. Though hardly surprising, this news is confirmation of that which I already knew. This day also marks the first step in my crusade to obtain justice for my son. Although my son died at only twenty-two years of age, he did not live in vain. I intend that he shall not have died in vain. I will pursue justice for my son through all legal channels at my disposal. I implore all of you who are committed to equal justice under the law to join me in my fight. My son’s blood cries out from the ground.”

Tammy Barrett, Dallas Barrett's mom

Whiskey Row says they have filed an official complaint with police. News 4 contacted Metro Police on Friday night and department released a statement.

The death of Dallas Jordan Barrett remains an open investigation that has involved numerous interviews, review of video material, and other continuous work by the MNPD’s Homicide Unit. The case file has not been shared with the bar; in fact the file in its totality is to be staffed with the District Attorney’s Office in the near future.

The officer on Broadway who was first approached about an unspecified fight on the roof of the business himself radioed for an MNPD security team to respond while that officer maintained a traffic post required for public safety. The actions of the officers who responded to the bar, as well as the officer initially told of a fight, are well documented in detail in the case file.

The Office of Professional Accountability has no complaint from the bar.

Metro Nashville Police Department

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