(MURFREESBORO) Around 10:40PM Saturday (7/24/2021) night, police were called to a domestic disturbance at a duplex on the Old Lascassas Pike. It ended with a man taking his own life after shooting at officers.
Gaither’s wife told officers that her husband was acting belligerent and punching holes in the wall and doors.
As officers entered the residence, 48-year old David Gaither exited a bedroom, pointed a handgun at one of the officers in the hallway, and pulled the trigger. The pistol malfunctioned, and the officers retreated outside to safety.
Reports indicated that Gaither followed and fired two more shots at police in the front yard before closing the door and going back inside.
The Murfreesboro Police Department Special Operation Unit (SOU) responded and attempted to get Gaither to come out.
There was no response, and around 4:30AM Sunday morning (7/25/2021), police sent a robot in, and began to utilize gas to make the suspect exit. Due to a lack of response, the SOU entered the residence and located Gaither in a bedroom with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
No officers discharged a weapon during the incident.
An autopsy has been requested.
The incident remains under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division.
The American Red Cross assisted neighbors with housing who were displaced due to the lengthy investigation.