Metro officers shoot man accused of killing liquor store guard

TBI is taking over the investigation
Posted at 8:54 PM, Jun 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-03 16:51:41-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Metro Nashville Police Department officers shot and wounded a man accused of killing the security guard of a downtown Nashville liquor store, Frugal MacDoogal.

The incident happened at the store on Division Street just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

MNPD spokesperson Don Aaron said when the initial three officers arrived at the store, they saw the security guard, identified as 59-year-old Robert Scott Meek, had been shot and was being tended to by the manager of the store. The manager directed police into the store, where the suspect had fled with Meek's gun.

Warrants are now issued for Randy Charles Levi, who will encounter one count of criminal homicide and three counts of attempted homicide.

"Levi is currently hospitalized and being treated for his injuries and is being monitored by Metro Nashville police. Upon his release from his treatment, he will be served with the warrants and booked into the Davidson County Jail," the TBI said in a statement Friday afternoon.

Watch below: Don Aaron provides an update on the deadly shooting on Thursday, June 2.

MNPD update on deadly Frugal MacDoogal shooting

Aaron said the officers encountered the man in the back of the store, and he began firing at responding Officer Trevor Taylor. Aaron said Officer Taylor, a MNPD field training officer, did not fire his weapon. The two other responding officers, Officers Blake Curry and Steven Luckey, fired at the man and wounded him.

"The suspect went down initially and evidently opened fire on the officers a second time, causing officers to return fire a second time," Aaron said.

The man was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was listed in stable condition as of Thursday night.

Metro Nashville Police Department released body camera video of the shooting Friday morning. Warning, the body camera video can be considered graphic.

Early Friday morning, Metro police released further details about the gunfire.

According to Aaron, Meek had encountered the man earlier in the evening when he was caught shoplifting a beer from the store. Meek took the beer and escorted the man to the parking lot.

"The suspect evidently went to the business next door and appeared to be acting strangely," Aaron said. "Perhaps hitting or kicking the building next door."

Meek yelled to the man to stop, and that's when police said the man went back toward Meek and the two began fighting.

"At one point, Mr. Meek went down to the ground, the suspect was on top of Mr. Meek." Aaron earlier explained the man was able to get Meek's firearm and shoot him. The man then ran into the store, where officers had their encounter with him.

Meek was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.

On Friday morning, Frugal MacDoogal posted a statement to its social media pages expressing heartbreak over Meek's death.

Aaron said this deadly shooting is personal to the department. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Meek's family. Mr. Meek was actually the brother of a retired Metro Police Officer who passed away some years ago," Aaron said.

As of Friday morning, the man was only identified as a 40-year-old man.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is taking over the investigation into both the fatal shooting of Meek and the wounding of the man by Metro officers.