Suspect accused of killing MNPS employee faces federal gun possession charge

Posted at 1:16 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 14:16:49-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The suspect accused of shooting and killing a Metro Schools employee now faces a federal gun possession charge.

According to a release from U.S. Attorney Don Cochran’s office, 28-year-old Robert Rasean Smith was charged on Tuesday with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Metro police said Smith is accused of killing 31-year-old Rasheed Walker outside the Wireless Z store on Dr. D.B. Todd Junior Boulevard back in November. Walker was a teacher's aide at Cora Howe School for more than a decade.

Police arrested Smith on December 5 after they received a tip and found him asleep in a car on Haynes Park Court. He’s been charged with criminal homicide, felon in possession of a handgun, and drug possession.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Smith’s previous convictions include aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and evading arrest. Because he’s is also a convicted felon, federal law prohibits him from possessing a firearm.

If convicted, Smith faces up to 10 years in federal prison.