MNPD Gang Unit detectives apprehended fugitive and parolee Eric L. Caruthers Jr., 31, who was wanted for shooting a youth football coach on August 11th during a jamboree at Antioch High School. He was arrested near S. 7th Street in East Nashville.
Caruthers was brought to the South Precinct where he implicated himself in the shooting during an interview with Detective Kevin Keating.
The investigation shows that the victim coach had broken up a fight between players from his team and an opposing squad. Caruthers is alleged to have angrily approached the coach upset over the way he had intervened in the fight. Caruthers reportedly asked the coach to meet him beside the bleachers. Once there, Caruthers pulled a pistol and began shooting, causing a number of young football players nearby to run for safety. The coach was hit twice in his right leg. The shooting was captured on video by a surveillance camera.
Caruthers was convicted of felony aggravated assault in 2014 and received a 9-year prison sentence. He is being held without bond on warrants charging him with aggravated assault and violating the conditions of his parole.