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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) reports a fatal road rage shooting on Sunday appears to have been in self-defense.
Police say a 36-year-old fatally shot 71-year-old Alden R. Jones on State Route 45 at Rio Vista Drive after Jones approached the man and his wife while armed at a traffic light.
According to investigators, Jones was driving aggressively, speeding and cutting off drivers. Jones came to a stop at the light of the intersection and approached another vehicle behind him, banging on the vehicle window while holding a pistol.
The 36-year-old and his wife were stopped behind the vehicle Jones was threatening and tried to verbally intervene. Jones then turned his attention to the 36-year-old and started to walk with weapon in hand towards him. The 36-year-old yelled for Jones to stop, warning he was also armed.
Jones continued to approach until he was at a close distance, causing the 36-year-old to open fire due to fear for he and his wife's safety.
Both stayed on scene and have cooperated with the investigation. Police say witnesses have corroborated the events and no charges have been filed at this time as it is believed to have been a self defense shooting.