Crime Of The Week: April 8, 2008 - | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

Crime Of The Week: April 8, 2008


NASHVILE, Tenn. - Metro police need the public's help solving a murder and making neighborhoods safer in South Nashville.

The murder happened in February during a fight between two men.

Witnesses saw what happened, but police still need information. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 to anyone who can help.

It was just 10 p.m. on Feb. 29. Jerry Gurney was walking on Thompson Place near Patricia Drive in South Nashville. Another man approached him and they started arguing. 

"From eyewitness accounts we had two males that were in a verbal altercation to begin with, which escalated to a physical altercation," said Metro police detective Erid Harrison. "Several gunshots were heard."

Police said witnesses saw the gunman run through the parking lot of Glenview Elementary School and then onto Patricia Drive. Gurney was pronounced dead later at a nearby hospital.

"One of the eyewitnesses stated she saw a thin male black, tall with corn rows standing over the victim with a gun in his hand," Harrison said.

Police said the murder had nothing to do with drugs or gangs.

"He seemed to be an outstanding citizen, somebody who gave back to the community," Harrison said. "He was from a good family, great parents, a good sister, and it's just a tragic crime."

Police are hoping someone will come forward with new information about the murder.

They said it's likely the suspect is involved in other crimes.

"You know until they're in custody there's no telling," Harrison said. "Obviously, they could do it again. They could be into other things. Generally we find if somebody commits a crime they're usually into other crimes, so it's important to get this guy off the street in a timely manner."

Police also believe it's possible that someone drove the suspect to the area. They'd like that person to come forward as well.

If anyone has information about the murder of Jerry Gurney, call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and prosecution.

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