Police: Man Admits To Shooting Self On I-440

Posted at 10:52 PM, Dec 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-28 13:08:35-05

A man claiming to have been shot while stranded on Interstate 440 actually shot himself, police said.

The Nashville Fire Department first responded to I-440 west at the Nolensville Road exit Tuesday evening to help with a broken-down car.

When they arrived on the scene, they discovered the passenger had been shot. That was when officers from the Metro Nashville Police Department were called out.

Everyone inside the car told police a passer-by shot at them while they were parked on the shoulder. However, police said 19-year-old Eduardo Alvarez accidentally shot himself in the calf with a handgun.

According to investigators, 20-year-old Jeavaunie Francis was also in the car, along with two juveniles – ages 16 and 17.

A mason jar full of marijuana was reportedly in plain view in the rear passenger side floorboard.  Police said two handguns, one of which had been reported stolen in Wilson County, and several small baggies of pills were also recovered.

Alvarez and Francis were charged with theft of property, evidence tampering, unlawful weapon possession, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Alvarez was held in lieu of $17,500 bond. Francis was also charged with bringing contraband into a penal institution after 20 pills were found on his person in booking.

The 16 and 17-year-old were charged in Juvenile Court with theft and unlawful weapon and drug possession.