Woman arrested in Georgia for deadly Dickerson Pike motel shooting

Posted at 1:47 PM, Jan 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-12 12:57:28-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A woman has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting that took place at a Dickerson Pike motel Sunday.

Metro police said Jakira Coleman-Griffen, 20, of Detroit, was arrested in Cobb County in Georgia.

Staff of the Savoy Motel on Dickerson Pike found 60-year-old Gary O. McClain dead inside a motel room on Sunday around 10 a.m. McClain was seen arriving to the motel with Coleman-Griffen earlier that day.

Coleman-Griffen was suspected of taking McClain's 2017 Hyundai Accent, and was wanted in the murder.

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Jakira Coleman-Griffen

Authorities spotted McClain's 2017 Hyundai Accent in Georgia and began to pursue the vehicle, leading to Coleman-Griffen's arrest.

At the time of her arrest, the suspect had a nine-millimeter handgun with her.

During an interview with MNPD homicide detectives, the suspect said that she killed McClain. Robbery is believed to be the motive.

An arrest warrant charging Coleman-Griffen with criminal homicide was issued Wednesday morning. She is expected to be returned to Nashville from Georgia.