Manner of death remains under investigation in South Nashville shooting, police say

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Posted at 4:56 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 20:00:47-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Detectives with the Metro Nashville Police Department continue to investigate the shooting that killed a 21-year-old man on Wednesday night.

Video from a Metro Development and Housing Agency camera shows officers several yards behind the man, identified as Markquett Martin, when he falls to the ground.

Police say he was carrying a .40-caliber pistol similar to what police carry, but Martin's had an extended twenty-round magazine. At least one round was missing and a shell casing was found near his body according to investigators. Ballistics will be done on the bullet that killed Martin and the casing found on the ground to determine if it matches the gun he was allegedly carrying.

The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy on the nature of the injury and the angle of the bullet entry point. Metro police said preliminary information from the autopsy reveals Martin was killed by a single gunshot wound but the manner of death remains under investigation.

One question many have asked: why was there no police body camera footage?

There are eight police precincts in Nashville and while each has a handful of officers already wear body cameras, only East and West precincts are currently fully equipped. The rollout process is in stages, and the Hermitage precinct officers involved in this foot chase will not be entirely equipped until September.