Nashville man in jail for ‘trying out’ new shotgun, shooting out window

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man is in jail after allegedly shooting out an apartment window in south Nashville while “trying out” his new shotgun.

The incident happened at the South Brook Apartments on Linbar Drive late Tuesday night.

A woman who lives at the complex told police her window had been shot out and she was injured by the broken glass.

While police were talking to the woman they heard another gunshot.

Police later caught up with 23-year-old Jerry Burkhart.

A friend of Burkhart’s told police he had just gotten a new shotgun for his birthday, which was Tuesday, was “dying to try it out.”

According to the affidavit, Burkhart was also slurring his speech and smelled like alcohol.

He also vomited several times on the way to booking, the report read.

Burkhart, a convicted felon in Cheatham County, was charged with public intoxication, being a felon in possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment.

His bond was set at $51,000.

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