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Man claims self-defense in fatal downtown shooting

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Posted at 6:25 PM, May 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-26 19:25:18-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — No charges are being filed right now against Deadrick Esaw, 26, for fatally shooting Ceron Coleman, 37, early Sunday morning on Commerce Street.

According to Metro Police, Coleman was leaving the Brugada Bar around 3 a.m. with his brother and his brother's girlfriend when a friend of Esaw's approached them. None of them knew each other, but an altercation broke out.

Esaw tried to break it up when he says Coleman punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground. Esaw said Coleman was standing over him trying to hit him when he drew his pistol and shot Coleman in the chest. Coleman would later die at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Esaw stayed at the scene for a short time, but left before police arrived. He drove to a fast food restaurant on Murfreesboro Pike where he called police and was later arrested.

Police say Esaw was cooperative during questioning. He also had injuries to his face consistent with being punched, and his story matched with witnesses at the scene.

Esaw has been released while the investigation continues.