Metro Nashville Police Homicide Unit Investigating Death at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row

Broadway -- Nashville; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Broadway -- Nashville; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Broadway -- Nashville; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department is investigating the death of 22-year-old Dallas Jordan Barrett of Smyrna, Tenn. after he was reportedly involved in an altercation with members of the security team on the rooftop of Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, located at 400 Broadway.

A statement from MNPD reveals that “Barrett’s death is unclassified at present pending an autopsy.”

The department responded to the rooftop of the bar at approximately 10:56 pm local time following a 911 call reporting a fight. The responding officers found Barrett on the floor and unresponsive. They began to administer CPR until the Nashville Fire Department arrived and relieved them. 

Barrett was then transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

The MNPD report states that detectives were told by bar staff that Barrett became unruly and was asked to leave the premises. According to staff, he began to to fight with the security staff, who allegedly pulled him to the floor and held him on the ground. At this point, Barrett became unresponsive. 

Riot Hospitality Group, the restaurant management company that oversees Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, issued a statement via WSMV

“We are working with authorities and conducting an internal investigation to determine what happened,” Lissa Druss, External Communications & Government Relations for Riot Hospitality Group, said.

The MNPD is asking anyone who witnessed the altercation on the upper floor/rooftop area to please contact the department at 615-862-7019. They are also seeking video of the incident as detectives have only been able to view one cell phone video thus far. 

The District Attorney’s Office will determine who faces changes upon receipt of the investigative findings. 

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