Estranged husband suspected in Green Hills shooting found dead

Monday, June 4, 2012 at 5:47pm
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Gilbert Pearsall

Vickie Pearsall had been attempting to divorce her husband, Gilbert Pearsall, for nearly eight months, according to court documents.

But on Monday, both were found dead hours apart and with police suspecting Gilbert Pearsall as the shooter.

Metro Nashville Police Department detectives believe Gilbert Pearsall, 51, shot and killed Vickie Pearsall, 48, this morning at her workplace, a dentist’s office in Green Hills. Hours later, Kentucky State Troopers came across Gilbert Pearsall in a vehicle suspected in a hit and run. He apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Gilbert Pearsall, who was married to Vickie Pearsall for more than nine years, had a history of domestic violence against his estranged wife.

Police arrested him for aggravated assault in 2009 for allegedly physically assaulting and threatening his wife with a cocked shotgun.

“I don’t have anything to lose. I’ll kill you and then myself,” Gilbert Pearsall said during the incident, according to a police affidavit.

Vickie Pearsall escaped during the altercation and checked herself into St. Thomas Hospital. While his wife was being treated, Gilbert Pearsall slashed all four tires of her vehicle and was also charged with vandalism, according to police reports.

Davidson County Circuit Court records show that Vickie Pearsall filed four protection petitions against her estranged husband from 2008 to 2011. All four petitions were dismissed, twice for lack of prosecution. Pearsall filed a divorce complaint nearly eight months ago, but the case was still pending.

According to court filings, the couple married in January 2003, but had been separated since January 2011. The divorce complaint claimed irreconcilable differences and inappropriate marital conduct.

Dr. John Williams, her employer, discovered Vickie Pearsall’s body around 7 a.m. Monday. She worked as a receptionist in his office on Crestmoor Road.

Kentucky State Police reported that law enforcement agencies were on the lookout for a silver Mercedes that had been involved in a hit and run. They found the car and Gilbert Pearsall on the side of the I-24.

Vickie Pearsall’s personal belongings were found in the car. Police allege the silver Mercedes also matched eyewitnesses’ descriptions of a car leaving the scene in Green Hills this morning.

10 Comments on this post:

By: hattrick3 on 6/4/12 at 4:01


By: MetalMan on 6/5/12 at 5:45

Two less votes for Yobammy.

By: spooky24 on 6/5/12 at 5:53

Going back over the court records it's easy to find fault however these situations are unfortunate, and for the most part, unavoidable. The victim instigated the dismissal of the felony charges of stalking and assault, therefore, without someone to push prosecution the court was obliged to grant her wishes.


By: treehugger7 on 6/5/12 at 6:15

Metalman and hattrick: there are no words for yoour inconsideration and racism. It's people like you who give tennessee a bad name. Your parents did a terrible job raising you!

By: dargent7 on 6/5/12 at 6:47

Can't these guys just walk away?

By: ohplease on 6/5/12 at 6:48

MetalMan and hattrick, you are embarrassments.

By: wasaw on 6/5/12 at 7:30

Another example of why "orders of protection" are useless pieces of paper. This dead lady knew her stalker and his capabilities. Makes you wonder if she had obtained her TN Gun Carry license. At least she might have had a fighting chance if she had been armed. Oh, that's right; TN business owners don't want us to have weapons on their property while working. Can't you imagine the fear she lived with for the past months? We can only hope that she prepared herself for her eternal life. We can only assume the husband/murderer prepared himself for his coming life.

Now the investigators in the MNPD Domestic Violence unit are asking us to reward them for their great work by giving them a raise, which would be funded by Hizoner's property tax raise.

Again, folks, law enforcement is reactionary. They are only minutes away when seconds count. And Eric Holder, head of the U.S. Department of Justice, doesn't believe in the 2nd Amendment.

By: budlight on 6/5/12 at 7:49

Wasaw, Eric Holder doesn't believe in anything unless it comes from O'Drama's mouth and brain.

Domestic violence is rampant and the state of the economy, jobs and country in general just pumps up the venom and causes people to fight even more. They don't even know why they are angry. They just are. It's sad.

I agree with you wasaw that she must have lived in fear. He even looks mean.

By: hattrick3 on 6/5/12 at 9:23

treehugger and ohplease - I'm offended you're offended. What exactly is it about my one word post that has your panties in a wad?

By: gabster1000 on 6/6/12 at 5:35

Regardless of the ridiculous comments by some people, I know that they are men because women take domestic violence VERY seriously, an abused women is most at risk AFTER she leaves her abusive husband. I've seen it in the media and in the lives of others. The men lose control and go crazy to regain it at any cost...this is why abused women go into hiding when at all possible.

The answer to this is to stop women from getting into these types of relationships, but they are very insidious, they don't knock the sh*t out of you on the first date. We are a violent culture but hopefully we can try and stop these cycles by educating our children. All in all, very sad.