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One Killed In Apparent Road Rage Incident

Posted at 3:18 PM, Dec 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-25 21:17:08-05

One person was killed after a road rage incident in the Spence Lane area.

The incident happened on Christmas morning, shortly after midnight Sunday outside the Greenwood Cemetery on Elm Hill Pike.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said 53-year-old Vince Freeman was driving a delivery van for The Tennessean.

Freeman pulled out of a market at the corner of Elm Hill Pike and Air Lane Drive and began to merge into the left westbound lane of Elm Hill Pike.

At that time, Freeman told police a black Volkswagen pulled in front of him and slammed his brakes.

Police said the Volkswagen was driven by 31-year-old Graeme Whinery, who was apparently going to the cemetery to play Pokémon Go with his wife.

After reportedly hit the brakes several times in front of the delivery van, Freeman said he followed the vehicle to get the license plate.

When Whinery pulled into the Greenwood Cemetery, Freeman followed behind in the delivery vehicle.

Freeman told investigators that Whinery then got out of the vehicle and approached the delivery van. He allegedly was holding a knife in one hand and punched Freeman in the face through an open window with the other hand.

Investigators said Freeman sustained a black eye from the punch.

According to a press release from Metro Police, Freeman grabbed a pistol from the driver’s side door and fired on Whinery, who then fled across Elm Hill Pike.

Whinery died at the scene.

Whinery’s wife confirmed the road rage with police, and said she had asked her husband to stop aggressively. She said she did not witness what happened at the door of the delivery van.

Officials said Freeman was cooperating with their investigation. No charges had been filed, but the investigation was ongoing. Authorities said they were investigating whether or not a self defense claim was possible.