‘Unarmed victim’? Suspect armed with two butcher knives fatally shot by Nashville officer, caught on camera


NASHVILLE, TN – Officials released bodycam footage related to the officer-involved shooting that occurred on April 24th which involved a Metropolitan Nashville Police Department officer and a suspect allegedly armed with two butcher knives.

According to Metropolitan Nashville Police Department spokesman Dan Aaron, MNPD Officer Christopher Royer was reportedly patrolling in the North Precinct area shortly after midnight on April 24th.

While patrolling, Officer Royer reportedly pulled over a white Mercedes within the 3200-block of Clarksville Pike after a license plate check found that the vehicle registration returned results for a green 1998 Chevrolet.

The released footage shows that when the driver of the Mercedes had pulled over, a passenger immediately jumped out of the vehicle, hoisting what was later identified as two butcher knives – one in each hand.

While this is ongoing, the driver of the Mercedes can be heard frantically yelling at the passenger that had jumped out of his vehicle:

 “What are you doing?”

The suspect first runs toward the officer. Officer Royer can be seen backing away from his patrol vehicle to create distance while issuing instructions to “drop the knife.”

Video shows the suspect then going inside of Officer Royer’s patrol unit briefly, which led to both the driver of the Mercedes and the officer clamoring “what are you doing?”

The suspect then runs a short distance away from the patrol vehicle, giving Officer Royer the opportunity to quickly shut the vehicle door while still issuing commands to the suspect to drop the knife.

Officer Royer repeatedly tells the suspect “I don’t want to shoot you,” prior to the armed suspect charging toward the officer while still armed with the knives.

It was when the suspect was roughly 12 feet away from the officer while still charging with the weapons in hand that Officer Royer fired three shots, fatally wounding the suspect.

After the shots were fired and he radioed for additional assistance on scene, Officer Royer kicked the knives away from the suspect and stated:

“Dude, what are you doing man? C’mon? I did not want to have to do that.”

Commenting on the matter, MNPD Chief John Drake had the following to say about his officer’s actions:

“He did everything he could, I felt. He retreated, he asked the individual to drop the weapon several times, continued charging at him, and he was left with no choice.”

Both the district attorney’s office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are handling the investigation into the incident.

Reportedly the Metro Nashville Community Oversight Board is conducting an administrative investigation to ensure all police procedures and policies were followed during the incident.

However, based upon the evidence currently available, MNPD Chief Drake can’t find any fault with Officer Royer’s response to the situation.

What remains to be determined, from Chief Drake’s perspective, is what caused the suspect to lash out in such a fashion:

“[The suspect’s] rather bizarre behavior, we will try to find out what all this stemmed from. This appears to possibly be justified, we’ll find out as the investigation moves forward.”

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On May 1st, Law Enforcement Today reported on another officer-involved shooting that occurred in Florida.

While the investigation into that incident is still ongoing, one “witness” to the shooting was reportedly arrested for allegedly lying about what he’d witnessed while under oath. 

Here’s that previous report. 


JACKSONVILLE, FL – An individual in Florida that claimed to have been a witness to a police-involved shooting that occurred in Jacksonville back in March has been charged with perjury for allegedly delivering a false statement to investigators while being under oath.

Despite the individual having claimed to have witnessed a police-involved shooting, the state’s attorney’s office alleges that this individual wasn’t at the scene during the date and time of the critical incident.

The perjury charge relates to the March 30th incident where 32-year-old Michael Leon Hughes was fatally shot by Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer J.H. Wing following a physical struggle when attempting to enact an arrest.  

Officials say that the March 30th fatal shooting of the suspect occurred after Hughes had allegedly taken control of Officer Wing’s Taser, used it against officers, and was eventually shot.

Apparently, an individual by the name of Colin Terry alleged to have witnessed this officer involved shooting, volunteering information to investigators that the state’s attorney’s office is confident in proclaiming to be fabricated.

While it is unclear what exactly officials allege Terry fabricated regarding the officer-involved shooting, apparently surveillance & bodycam video captured during the incident contradicts what he had reportedly told investigators regarding the critical incident from March 30th.

Terry was arrested on April 23rd immediately following his delivered testimony regarding the events that allegedly played out during the officer involved shooting from March 30th.

The suspect’s attorney, Marwan Porter, called the arrest of Terry “problematic and concerning” due to the fact that he was subpoenaed to deliver this witness testimony and then arrested immediately thereafter for allegedly lying under oath:

“I believe it’s problematic and concerning. You subpoena a witness to come in and provide a statement and then you arrest them for providing the statement you made them give, claiming it’s a lie? What message does that send?”

The state’s attorney’s office delivered their own statement regarding the matter, which ironically answers the rhetorical question Terry’s attorney asked about “what message” Terry’s arrest sends:

“Mr. Porter identified Mr. Terry as a purported witness to the shooting. After failing to provide Terry for an interview with investigators, the State was forced to subpoena Terry to appear. He failed to do so on several occasions, which required judicial intervention.

“The court required Terry to appear before investigators. On [April 23rd], Terry appeared under oath and provided false and fabricated testimony.

“There is direct evidence Terry was not present at the time of the shooting. Lying under oath to the State during an official proceeding is a felony. This conduct undermines the integrity of these investigations and delays our search for the truth.”

Essentially, it appears that the state’s attorney’s office’s proverbial “message” being sent in this arrest is “do not knowingly deliver false statements while under oath.”

Local Jacksonville attorney John Holzbaur, who is not associated with case, commented on the arrest of Terry for perjury, pointing out that these sorts of arrests are exceedingly rare:

“This is extremely rare. The last thing the state attorney wants to do is create a chilling effect throughout the community for witnesses to come forward with information relative to criminal cases.”

While the state does have to prove that Terry knowingly and intentionally lied while under oath on April 23rd, it is quite telling of the state’s confidence in the charge considering the suspect was arrested immediately after delivering the allegedly fabricated testimony.


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