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Jack In The Box Employee Shoots Coworker Dead After Their Girlfriends Got Into Physical Altercation, Cops Say

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Source: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department; UNSPLASH

Jul. 21 2022, Published 4:22 p.m. ET

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A Jack in the Box employee in Tennessee was arrested in connection to the murder of a coworker outside the restaurant after a fight that started between the pair’s girlfriends spiraled out of control, police said.

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At about 4:30 p.m. on July 19,Trey Scales, 28,and 30-year-old Keanthony Thompson were in the parking lot of the restaurant in Nashville when Scales allegedly went to his vehicle, grabbed a gun and shot Thompson, WKRN reported, citing an arrest affidavit.

Thompson was pronounced dead from his injuries at an area hospital.

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“The investigation ... shows that [the two men] became involved in a physical altercation between their girlfriends, both of whom also work at the Jack in the Box,” police said. “During the dispute, Scales retrieved a pistol and shot Thompson. Scales said he did so in self-defense; however, that claim was not supported by video surveillance.”

A witness also told officers the victim was armed but never brandished the weapon he had tucked in a waistband, the affidavit states.

Scales was being held at the Nashville Metro jail in lieu of $250,000 bond and faces a charge of criminal homicide.

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