TSU senior pulls gun & threatens ex-girlfriend who rejects his marriage proposal, police say

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22-year-old Marshall Shanks, a TSU Dean’s List senior, was jailed on a felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge Wednesday morning after police say he pointed a gun at his ex-girlfriend and said “These streets are not safe” when she rejected his marriage proposal inside a car after drinks at a local restaurant.

Metro Nashville Police met with the ex-girlfriend of 22-year-old Marshall Shanks who says the pair were having drinks at a local restaurant then got into his vehicle and began to talk about their relationship when he suddenly asked her to marry him.

Marshall Shanks (MNPD)
Marshall Shanks (MNPD)

The victim says she rejected his proposal for marriage and states he then reached into the glove compartment and retrieved a handgun. She says he was playing with the gun in front of her before pointing it at her and saying “These streets are not safe”. She was in fear of her life and escaped the vehicle.

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Police spoke with Shanks, who told police the gun was in his lap before the argument because he “normally drives with the handgun in his lap”. He claims the handgun ‘malfunctioned’ while it was on his lap, and he simply attempted to ‘clear it’ during the conversation with his ex-girlfriend.

Marshall S. Shanks, 22, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail at 4:33 a.m. Wednesday, charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is currently held in lieu of a $5,000 bond, and is on the state-mandated 12-hour hold for domestic violence cases.

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