Confrontation at food truck ends in fatal shooting on interstate

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Published: May. 6, 2022 at 10:21 PM CDT|Updated: May. 9, 2022 at 6:51 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Metro Police said a confrontation at a food truck outside a market on Benton Avenue near the fairground ended in a fatal shooting.

Police said Bryan Covington, 24, was cooking in the food truck when he said three armed men approached, demanding money that Covington owed one of them. Covington told them that he and a friend gave the men the cash they had, but it wasn’t enough.

Authorities said one of the men took the keys to Covington’s Jeep and told him the only way to get them back was by getting the rest of the money Covington owed him. Covington agreed, and he and his friend drove to an ATM to get additional cash.

Covington and his friend then headed to an ATM in the food truck while the man who took the keys followed in the Jeep. Covington told police the Jeep suddenly made a U-turn and drove away. Covington’s friend, the food truck driver, then made a U-turn in pursuit of the Jeep.

While driving on I-440, Covington said the Jeep slowed, and the passenger window came down. He said he was in fear of being shot at, so he then proceeded to fire at the Jeep, which then came to a stop.

Neighbors told News4 they heard four gunshots at the time of the shooting. Police also shut down the area for a full investigation following the shots.

The food truck kept traveling as Covington called 911. He and his friend then returned to the scene.

Police said the Jeep driver, identified as Jermonteze Harrison, 27, of Nashville, died shortly after arriving at the hospital. He carried no identification and was identified through fingerprints.

Authorities added Covington and his friend were cooperative with Homicide detectives and gave detailed statements at police headquarters. After consultation with the District Attorney’s Office, no charges have been placed.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Neighbors told News4 they heard four gunshots at the time of the shooting.

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