Metro police investigating self-defense claim after fatal shooting

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police are investigating a man’s claim of self-defense in a fatal shooting that apparently began as a road rage incident Sunday morning.

A 53-year-old man has admitted to the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Graeme Whinery outside Greenwood Cemetery on Elm Hill Pike.

Metro police say a delivery driver for The Tennessean had pulled out of a market at the corner of Elm Hill Pike and Air Lane Drive in a delivery van shortly after midnight.

He told officers that as he merged into the left westbound lane of Elm Hill Pike, a black Volkswagen pulled in front of him and the driver, identified as Whinery, began to slam on his brakes.

The delivery driver said Whinery did this several more times before continuing on Elm Hill Pike.

He said he followed the Volkswagen to get its license plate number and pulled in behind it at Greenwood Cemetery.

He told officers that Whinery approached the van holding a knife in one hand and punched the 53-year-old in the face with the other hand through the open window of the van.

Officers verified that the delivery driver had a black eye from the punch.

He told officers he was in fear of Whinery and retrieved a pistol from the driver’s door of the van, and shot him.

Whinery ran across Elm Hill Pike and died at the scene.

Whinery’s passenger, his 30-year-old wife, confirmed the road rage and said she had asked Whinery to cease his aggressive driving.

She said she did not witness the events immediately surrounding the shooting.

Whinery’s wife said she and her husband had gone to the cemetery as part of the Pokémon Go game.

The delivery driver has been cooperative with detectives and no charges have been placed at present.

The investigation is continuing.