NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Calling it a public nuisance, Metro police have shut down a popular south Nashville sports bar.
Officers padlocked the door to Out of Bounds located on Murfreesboro Pike near Nolensville Road Thursday.
“These [closures] do not occur very often as to frequency, it's a very comprehensive effort. However, I think the message going forward for this particular business, as well as other businesses in the Nashville area is that we are willing to take a drastic last effort to ensure compliance,” Metro police commander Mike Alexander said.
Police said during their investigation they found between January 1, 2010 and May 6, 2011 officers have responded to nearly 200 calls at the bar.
In recent months, Out of Bounds has been the site of several violent crimes.
In early May, Jordan Gardner, 21, was shot and killed during a confrontation in the parking lot of the bar.
Officers took convicted felon Joshua Carter into custody for the crime two weeks later.
In March, a man was shot in the foot in the parking lot shortly after the bar closed.
The operators of the bar, brothers Gardner Lewis Dixon and James Andrew
Dixon are scheduled to appear at a hearing next week.
Police said they recently met with the owners of the bar to determine if the operators would take the immediate steps needed to prevent their property from being operated as a disorderly business.
The owners did not provide any assurances they had any intention to change their way of operations.
The pair is prohibited to enter the padlocked property.