Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) is holding a webinar in response to the shooting of Landon Eastep on a Nashville interstate.
They first encountered Landon Eastep, 37, sitting on a guardrail on I-65 allegedly had a box cutter at approximately 2 p.m., January 27th, 2022, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer.
Reports indicate that after a brief interaction, Eastep produced a box-cutter, and the trooper called for assistance. An off-duty Mt. Juliet officer and Nashville officers also responded to the scene to help and began trying to de-escalate the situation through dialogue with Eastep for nearly thirty minutes.
In leaked footage of the Officers’ Body camera, it shows nearly a dozen law enforcement officers in a standoff with a suspect armed with a boxcutter on Interstate 65.
During that standoff, Eastep made a quick motion from his waist and pointed it at officers, causing five, or more officers to discharge their weapons. Reportedly, nine officers, including six Metro officers, two THP troopers, and an off-duty Mt. Juliet officer opened fire and neutralized Eastep.
As shown in the body camera footage, one officer fired two additional shots after Eastep had already hit the ground. Since the incident, Metro Deputy Chiefs, Chief Drake has decommissioned the 25-year veteran officer from his duties due to his improper use of force.
During a later investigation, Metro police later reported the metal object Eastep drew was not a firearm.
Metro Nashville Police Department is reviewing its policies. Police Chief John Drake ordered the Metro Police Training Academy to start an immediate review of the shooting response, as well as the procedures used by officers.
Metro’s Community Oversight Board will also launch its own independent investigation into what happened.
Once TBI’s investigation is complete, the findings will be turned over to Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk’s office.
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