Police Investigating "Self Defense" Claim in Alleged YouTube Video Prank that left One Dead

Feb 09, 2021 at 07:43 am by WGNS


The Nashville Metro Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting where the reported shooter claims the shooting was in self-defense. Homicide Unit detectives say the incident occurred this past Friday night (2/5/2021).

Dead is 20-year-old Timothy Wilks. He was fatally shot in the parking lot of Urban Air on Old Hickory Boulevard in Hermitage.

When officers responded to the scene just before 9:30 Friday night, David Starnes Jr. was there and admitted to shooting Wilks.

Detectives were told that Wilks and a friend were participating in a “prank” robbery as part of a YouTube video and approached a group of people, including 23-year old Starnes, with butcher knives. Starnes said he was unaware of the prank and shot Wilks in defense of himself and others.

No charges have been placed at present. The investigation is continuing.

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