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Katie Quackenbush shoots homeless man in Nashville, spared jail time

Woman who shot homeless man

A Tennessee woman has managed to avoid jail time after being convicted of shooting a homeless man on Nashville’s Music Row after he asked her to move her car. She has been sentenced to less than a year of probation. 

Katie Quackenbush, a 32-year-old mother of four, was driving her car down Nashville’s iconic strip on Aug. 26, 2017, when her loud music and exhaust awakened sleeping homeless man Gerald Melton. 

The two got into a heated argument in which Quackenbush reportedly asked the man if he “wanted to die tonight.”

She then exited her car, took out her gun, and shot him twice in the abdomen. After the incident, she drove to Taco Bell with a friend before going home. 

Woman who shot homeless man in Nashville, Katie Quackenbush will not face jail time.

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Melton survived the shooting but required three surgeries. He was reportedly walking away at the time of the shooting. 

Quackenbush was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

However, her sentence was reduced to a reckless endangerment misdemeanor after she testified she fired the gun in self-defense. 

Quackenbush’s father, Texas attorney Jesse Quackenbush, stated that Melton threatened to kill his daughter if she didn’t turn her radio down. 

“My daughter told him, ‘I have a gun. Get the (expletive) away from me,” Jesse told the press. 

“She pulled off one round as a means to warn him, not intending to hit him or kill him. She thought she was pointed far enough away from him to just scare him away, and he kept coming and she shot another round.”

Quackenbush claimed she was afraid of the man at last Thursday’s sentencing. However, an eyewitness heard her say she was not afraid of Melton and did not take his words seriously. 

The woman has a history of disturbing behavior. She admitted to threatening to hit a baby with a brick. She also poured water on a woman in a restaurant. 

Quackenbush apologized to Melton at the hearing but presented herself as a victim. She said she was harassed, received death threats, and had difficulty finding work. 

“Millions of people were making fun of me online. I was convicted by the community before trial,” she stated. 

Quackenbush was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of probation. Although once a Nashville resident, she has since moved to Texas. She will serve out the sentence in her new home.

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