The man who shot and killed a tractor-trailer driver over a roadrage incident on I-65 south during the 5 p.m. rush hour Friday is claiming that he fired his semi-automatic pistol in self-defense.
After a lengthy interview, no charges are being placed at present against Eric Nichols, 28, of Columbia, Tennessee, in regard to the death of Christopher Jankowski, 53, of Christiana, Tennessee. This case remains very much under investigation and will be staffed with the District Attorney’s Office in the coming days for potential presentation to the Davidson County Grand Jury.
Nichols said that he and Jankowski became angered at each other when Nichols attempted to merge onto the interstate from the Harding Place ramp in his white Ford Fusion sedan during heavy traffic. The dispute continued in their respective vehicles until Nichols pulled onto the shoulder of the interstate between the Harding Place and Old Hickory Boulevard exits. Jankowski pulled in behind Nichols. Both men got out and began yelling at each other. Nichols said the dispute turned physical in the grass shoulder. Nichols said during the fight, his pistol fell from his waistband. He said both of them went for the gun, and that he ultimately shot Jankowski one time as the fight continued.
Any motorist traveling on I-65 south between 5:05 p.m. and 5:17 p.m. Friday who saw any part of the altercation between Nichols and Jankowski is urged to contact Midtown Hills Precinct Investigations at 615-880-1511.