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Woman Sues Housing Agency Over Husband’s Fatal Shooting

Aug 27, 2019

The widow of a man fatally shot at a Nashville public housing development is suing the city’s housing agency for wrongful death and negligence.

Tia Fitzpatrick-Young brought the suit, for $2 million, over the death of her husband, Glen Young Jr. He was visiting his ailing sister at the Edgehill Homes when he was struck in the chest by a stray bullet, allegedly shot during an illegal craps game.

It’s not the first time the housing agency has been sued over a fatal shooting. In 2016 a case was filed citing a similar legal argument — that the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency failed to provide a safe environment for residents and guests.

That case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it can’t brought back. The precedent makes this case harder to win.

In an emailed statement MDHA executive director, Jim Harbison, declined to comment on the pending case, but said “The safety of our residents and guests have been and always will be a paramount concern.”  

In recent years the housing authority struck an agreement with the Police Department, spending up to $100,000 a year for patrol units dedicated to Edgehill and other complexes.