Police: Man shot near I-440 admits he accidentally shot himself in leg

Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man accidentally shot himself in the leg while driving, which led to the closure of the on-ramp to Interstate 440 at Nolensville Road on Tuesday.

According to police, the fire department originally called in a broken down vehicle on the westbound exit about 8:40 p.m.

When a TDOT driver arrived to help, he contacted Metro police when a passenger of the vehicle, Eduardo Alvarez, 19, told him he had been shot.

Alvarez later admitted to officers that he accidentally shot himself in the calf with a handgun as the vehicle was traveling on the interstate.

When officers arrived at the scene, three other passengers in the car, Jeavaunie Francis, 20, and two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, were interviewed.

Jeavaunie Francis (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Jeavaunie Francis (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Officers reportedly found a mason jar full of marijuana was in plain view in the rear passenger side floorboard. During a search of the car, two handguns, one of which had been reported stolen in Wilson County, and several small baggies of pills were recovered.

Alvarez and Francis are charged with theft of property, evidence tampering, unlawful weapon possession, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Alvarez is being held in lieu of $17,500 bond.

Additionally, Francis is charged with bringing contraband into a penal institution after 20 pills were found on his person in booking.

The 16 and 17-year-old are charged in juvenile court with theft and unlawful weapon and drug possession.