Man charged with fatally shooting father of 4

Man charged with fatally shooting father of 4 (Image 1)

Metro police charged a suspect early Wednesday morning with Tuesday's fatal shooting of Robert Mitchell.

Mitchell, a 59-year-old father of four, was gunned down inside his apartment in the West Wind complex in west Nashville during the early morning hours.

The investigation shows that 60-year-old Erroll Armstrong, a convicted felon, had been out drinking with Mitchell and an argument ensued.

Armstrong told police he ordered Mitchell to get out of his car upon arriving at the West Wind complex.

After a time, Armstrong went to Mitchell's apartment.  When Mitchell came to the door, Armstrong said he shot him in the leg.

The wound caused extensive blood loss and Mitchell died at the scene.

A neighbor found Mitchell's body around 5 a.m. Tuesday just inside the door to his apartment at 3902 Alabama Avenue off of Interstate 40.

The neighbor told police he found Mitchell's body after noticing the door to his apartment was ajar.
 
Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron said investigators allege he was shot between 1:45 a.m. and 2 a.m. after answering a knock at the door.
 
Family members said Mitchell lived alone and on disability payments after holding “various jobs” over the years.
 
They said he only moved into the apartment a few months ago.
 
“Right now my family is hurting.  We know my uncle had his ways but he did not deserve to go like this,” Mitchell's nephew, Samuel Orr told Nashville's News 2, adding his uncle will be remembered for his joking, lighthearted nature.
 
“When he [would] come around, we would say, 'Here comes Uncle Robert' and we… we knew it would be an enlightening event,” Orr said.
 
Police records indicate Mitchell had a long history of pleading guilty to offenses like public intoxication and trespassing.
 
Mitchell leaves behind two sons and two daughters.
 
His death is the first homicide for Metro's west precinct so far in 2012.

Armstrong was charged with criminal homicide and booked into the Metro jail on a $500,000 bond.

Armstrong's arrest history reflects 155 charges since 1975.

He was convicted just last June of shooting another man in the leg outside a bar on Tucker Road and received 10 years probation.

Armstrong has also been convicted of domestic assault, several other misdemeanor assaults, vehicle theft, robbery, criminal trespassing, theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI and multiple counts of driving on a revoked license.

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