Police release report in Markquett Martin shooting, say sole shell casing was from Martin's gun

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Posted at 12:06 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 13:06:40-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Metro Nashville Police Department has released its ballistics testing report in the Markquett Martin shooting.

The department released its findings from the shooting on Friday, saying the "sole shell casing recovered from the scene was fired by the semi-automatic pistol Martin was carrying." Police called the shooting a "self-inflicted gunshot death."

Additionally, police said impact testing showed that the gun would not fire without the trigger being pulled. Investigators said "no officers fired their weapons or used force."

Police said Martin died Wednesday while running away from officers on Claiborne Street. At the time, police described it as a “probably not intentional” shooting.

“Perhaps he had his finger on the trigger guard and in the running movements, the gun discharged,” MNPD Spokesperson Don Aaron said earlier in the week.

Metro Police did release surveillance video from the MDHA video system, but that video pauses throughout. Police said the "MDHA video system does not record continuously. The 'freezes' in the video are from the system itself."

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According to police officials, preliminary autopsy information shows that Martin died of a single gunshot wound that entered through the right side of the head and came out the left side. However, Martin’s mother Lenieshia Woods said it’s merely an attempt to cover up what happened to her son.

“I don’t want to keep seeing stuff slipped under the rug as everything else does around here. I want what happened to my son to go noticed and let everybody else know it’s not right," said Woods.

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