13-year-old boy nearly struck by bullet while protecting mother in East Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A man has been arrested after police said he shot at a 13-year-old in East Nashville, nearly striking the child, as the boy attempted to protect his mother during a fight.


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Markeith Beasley (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Markeith Beasley, 33, was taken into custody Monday afternoon on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

An arrest warrant states the charges stem from an incident on Sept. 26, 2020 along South Eighth Street near Shelby Avenue, where a fight broke out between Beasley’s girlfriend and the child’s mother.


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When the boy and his siblings attempted to intervene in the fight to protect their mother, police said Beasley pulled out a gun and fired at the 13-year-old, striking the ground near him.

The child’s mother was able to identify Beasley as a man she had seen “many times” in the neighborhood, according to a police report.


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Beasley, who also faces probation violation charges, was booked into the Metro jail, where he was held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

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