Detectives charge 19-year-old with homicide at James Cayce housing development

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 6:16pm
Staff reports

Metro police have charged 19-year-old Samuel Maurice Parham with criminal homicide following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Vincent Antonio Smith Monday night.

The shooting happened in the James Cayce public housing development around 6:30 p.m. Officer Nicholas Kulp chased Parham and shot at him after, according to police, Parham reached for his waistband.

Parham was wounded in the upper right arm. A department spokesman said later that police found a 9 mm handgun at the spot where Parham was shot and taken into custody.

According to police, ballistics testing by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime laboratory linked that gun to Smith’s murder.

Police also claim Smith told a responding officer that someone named “Sam” shot him.

Police charged Parham Tuesday with attempted aggravated assault on a police officer for his confrontation with Kulp.

5 Comments on this post:

By: C.A.Jones on 3/8/12 at 8:38

While this is a very unfortunate loss of life it clearlt reveals how the Jewish community in Nashville has turned violent on itself. Another senseless murder and another young Jewish boy going to prison over nothing.....

By: Jughead on 3/8/12 at 11:20

I can't tell from the picture--is he black?

By: BigPapa on 3/8/12 at 11:53

Why can't they just take a wreaking ball to that entire housing development? The net gains would be nearly incalculable.

By: PKVol on 3/9/12 at 11:57

Good thing the perp had a gun. Would hate to think he got shot because he wasn't wearing a belt and was just pulling up his britches. Also sad that 'Sam' shoved the gun in his hands.

By: jonw on 3/9/12 at 4:45

BigPapa, why not leave them there instead of scattering them throughout the city?