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If his death was the result of a guns crime- this will be the fifty- sixth criminal homicide in the Nashville area.
Detectives are working hard here to uncover the details that left a 19 year old dead.
And as they investigate - we did some digging of our own- comparing the number of criminal homicides that have already taken place this year to past years.
Neighbors in the 1600 block of Chase Street say around noon on Tuesday they heard the gun shots that would ultimately leave 19 year old Alajawon Dillard dead.
Brenda Fletcher says, “I heard the six shots and I didn't come outside when I heard the shot and then when I did to see all the police I called my neighbors daughter to see if her son was at home with her.”
Police say 32 William Davis claims when he answered the knocks at his girlfriend's door - Dillard was standing on the porch armed with a pistol.
Davis who was also armed says he fired on Dillard.
Kristin Mumford says, “The 19 year old was struck in the chest ran from the area in the house and then collapsed in the street.”
One neighbor says Dillard visited her home earlier that day.
Latisha Brittain says, “It's just sad it's sad I just seen this child- just seen him and now he is gone.”
The death of Dillard comes just four days after a taxi cab driver was killed in north Nashville....
If police rule Dillard's death a criminal homicide it will be the 56th of the year.
Last year there were only 51 in total... But that was down from the previous two years where numbers reached 60 or more.
Neighbors say while the violence seems to be increasing they hope it doesn't stay on an upward trend.
Brenda Fletcher says, “It's sad to see young people you know just get killed every day like this in the neighborhood where you live at.”
Police say they are still investigating the cause of Dillard's death - whether his gunshot wound was from another gun or if it came from the jammed gun that was found next to his body.
We have learned that Dillard was convicted of armed robbery in April of this year.
Davis was convicted of felony marijuana possession in 2011.
The medical examiner will perform an autopsy on Dillard's body tomorrow.
Wednesday, October 31 2012, 12:08 AM CDT
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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