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Metro Police: Man with knife shot and killed after charging officers on Charlotte Pike

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NASHVILLE (WSMV) - Metro Police said a man was shot and killed Wednesday morning on Charlotte Pike after charging at officers with a knife.

Police said the incident started around 5 a.m. when K-9 Officer Richard Clemmons approached an SUV with an Alabama license plate parked outside a Charlotte Pike business.

Police said Clemmons, who has been with the police department for eight years, saw the man inside the vehicle had a knife and backed away from the car to call for backup.

Metro Police say a man was shot and killed Wednesday morning on Charlotte Avenue after he charged officers with a knife.

Officers Colin Bleem, who has been with the department for five years, and Jonathan Phipps, who has been with the department for three years, arrived at the scene just before the man exited the vehicle.

Police said the man exited the vehicle and charged toward officers. The three officers ended up shooting the man, who has not been identified. Police did say the man was 31 years old with a driver's license from a Birmingham, AL, suburb.

"Two minutes after he put himself out on the call, there was a report of shots fired," said Don Aaron, the Metro Nashville Police Department spokesperson.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

Metro Police released a critical incident briefing that includes body-worn video on Wednesday evening.

This shooting was the seventh officer-involved shooting in Nashville this year.

"You can see that each scenario is different and that our police officers are being put in very tenuous situations by persons armed with guns and knives," Aaron said.

Charlotte Pike was closed for hours near the Metro Police West Precinct building as police investigate the shooting. Traffic was diverted at White Bridge Pike and 54th Avenue North. 

Late Wednesday night, Metro Police released a video featuring a commander in their training division who describes what officers are trained to do when encountering a person posing a perceived threat. 

“Because the knife presents a deadly force threat, it is appropriate for the officers who’s responding on that to present a deadly force option…  If the individual is in a position where they’re hearing the command but they’re not responding, and what that does that affords our officers time. It affords our officers time to be able to call for assistance to be able to get back up on the scene,” commander Scott Byrd said. 

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Blake was born and raised in Central Ohio where he began working in TV broadcast in 2011 before moving into morning radio. Blake joined the WSMV team in October 2019. Any news stories and ideas can be sent directly to blake.summers@wsmv.com

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