NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A security guard fatally shot a man in the parking lot of a Nashville shopping center Friday morning.
Jeremy Holmes, 28, an employee of SecurityWise, shot 34-year-old Adam Villegas in the Nipper's Corner shopping center at the corner of Old Hickory Boulevard and Edmondson Pike.
Villegas was leaving Marathon Sports Bar around 3 a.m.
He was sitting in a car with another man in the passenger seat when Holmes approached and asked him to leave.
After Villegas didn't immediately comply, the pair argued. Witnesses said Villegas was backing up the vehicle as Holmes said near it.
"And we believe that (the car) was just beginning to move forward when the shot was fired through the open window and the driver was struck by the bullet in the left neck," said Don Aaron, Metro police spokesman.
Villegas died of his injuries in the parking lot.
According to Metro police, Holmes said he felt threatened by Villegas. But police believe the car was moving away from Holmes.
"Mr. Holmes is telling us in the interview that he felt threatened by the car as it moved, believing that he was somehow going to be struck by the vehicle," Aaron said. "Again, the police department is working to understand his perception of the threat."
There is also a second question to the shooting: Should Holmes have even been on duty Friday morning?
Holmes is a licensed security guard for SecurityWise, which has an expired business license.
No one from the company was available for comment Friday. The company was closed Friday.
Last year, SecurityWise filed for bankruptcy. According to court documents, the company owes more than $1 million to the Internal Revenue Service.
According to the report, SecurityWise also owes thousands to banks and businesses including more than $700 to local liquor stores.
According to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, SecurityWise recently changed its name in an effort to apply for a new business license.
No charges have been filed against Holmes.
Metro police are conferring with prosecutors regarding the investigation. The completed file will be forward to the District Attorney's Office for review.
Investigators said charges could come down after the Davidson County grand jury hears the case.
Investigators said autopsy results could help provide more evidence in the case.