Man claims self-defense in fatal shooting of semi driver on I-65S Dec08


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Man claims self-defense in fatal shooting of semi driver on I-65S

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The man who shot and killed a tractor-trailer driver in an alleged road rage incident on Friday night claims he fired his weapon in self-defense, Metro police officials said in a statement Saturday.

Police confirmed Friday that one person died in a shooting after an apparent road rage incident on I-65 South near Harding Place after the driver of a white sedan, 28-year-old Eric Nichols of Columbia, TN, and the driver of a tractor-trailer, 53-year-old Christopher Jankowski of Christiana, TN, had an altercation on the grass shoulder of the interstate.

According to police, it was determined that no charges would be filed against Nichols in the shooting after a lengthy interview process.

In that interview, Nichols told police that the altercation began when he attempted to merge onto the interstate at Harding Pike during heavy traffic.

The altercation continued when Nichols pulled over on the shoulder of the road between Harding Pike and Old Hickory Boulevard, and Jankowski reportedly pulled over behind him.

Nichols said they both exited their vehicles and engaged in a verbal altercation. While arguing, his pistol fell from the waistband of his pants.

The suspect told police both he and Jankowski reached for the gun and that he ultimately shot the semi driver one time.

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