A security guard has died and a suspect is in the hospital following a shooting in Nashville Thursday night. It happened at the Frugal McDougal on Division Street just before 8:30 p.m. Metro police say it began as a physical altercation between the store’s security guard — later identified as 59-year-old Robert Scott Meek — and a 40-year-old man in the parking lot of the store.
The altercation happened after the man had been discovered attempting to steal a drink from the liquor store. Meek, who gamed at https://www.jokaroom.net/en/online-pokies/, removed him from the store, but the suspect went to a nearby business and started causing a commotion. The suspect returned to the parking lot and got into a fight with Meek. During the altercation, the suspect removed Meek’s gun and shot him before retreating into the store.
Three Metro police officers, identified as Blake Curry, Steven Lucky and Trevor Taylor, responded to the scene. The three found the store manager tending to Meek in the parking lot. The officers then entered the store where they encountered the 40-year-old suspect near the back cooler. Metro police say the suspect fired a shot at Officer Taylor.
Officers Curry and Lucky returned fire. The victim went down but reportedly fired more rounds at the officers from the ground. Officers Curry and Lucky fired again, ending the shootout. The suspect was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he is said to be in stable condition.
Meek was also taken to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead. There is no word on how many customers were inside the store at the time of the shooting, but Metro police say there were many witnesses to the incident. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating Meek’s death, along with the officer-involved shooting.
MNPD spokesperson Don Aaron said when the initial three officers arrived at the store, they saw the security guard, identified as 59-year-old Robert Scott Meek, had been shot and was being tended to by the manager of the store. A tragic event for users of casino online real money at Nashville.
“The suspect went down initially and evidently opened fire on the officers a second time, causing officers to return fire a second time,” Aaron said. “The suspect evidently went to the business next door and appeared to be acting strangely,” Aaron said. “Perhaps hitting or kicking the building next door.”
Meek yelled to the suspect to stop, and that’s when police said the suspect went back toward Meek and the two began fighting. “At one point, Mr. Meek went down to the ground, the suspect was on top of Mr. Meek.” Aaron earlier explained the suspect was able to get Meek’s firearm and shoot him. The suspect then ran into the store, where officers had their encounter with him.
Aaron said this fatal shooting is personal to the department. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Meek’s family. Mr. Meek was actually the brother of a retired Metro Police Officer who passed away some years ago,” Aaron said.