Nashville cop stripped of authority after interstate police killing of Landon Eastep_freckle removal london

Natalie Neysa Alund, Nashville Tennessean·2 min read

A Metro Nashville Police Department officer who shot a man along Interstate 65 has been stripped of his police authority, the agency announced Friday.

Officer Brian Murphy, a 25-year MNPD veteran, is one of nine officers who fatally opened fire on a 37-year-old man Thursday as he stood in the middle of Interstate 65 holding a box cutter and an unidentified "metal, cylindrical object," the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported.

In addition to MNPD officers, Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers and an off-duty Mt. Juliet officer fatally shot Landon Eastep near Harding Place, about 10 miles south of downtown.

In a meeting with his deputy chiefs this afternoon, Drake directed Murphy be decommissioned, meaning he loses his police authority, pending a review and the investigation of his actions at the scene.

A reported police shooting shut down Interstate 65 in Nashville Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.
A reported police shooting shut down Interstate 65 in Nashville Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.

Murphy has been identified as the individual who fired the final two shots from a rifle in the shooting.

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The other five MNPD officers who fired, Justin Pinkelton, a 25-year MNPD veteran, Sean Williams, a 17-year MNPD veteran, Edin Plancic, a six-year MNPD veteran, and James Kidd, who joined the department last February, are on routine administrative assignment at this stage of the investigation.

On Friday, at The Tennessean's request, The Mt. Juliet Police Department released the name of it's off-duty officer who fired shots. Officials identified him as Corporal Fabjan Llukaj, who has been with the department for just over one year. Lluka also previously served three years with MNPD's force.

The THP has not responded to the The Tennessean's request regarding the names of the troopers who fired shots.

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