(CNN) — Nine police officers fatally shot a pedestrian on a Tennessee interstate after a short standoff, authorities said Thursday.

Landon Eastep, 37, was killed after about 30 minutes of negotiations — during which traffic was halted along Interstate 65 near Nashville. Officers opened fire after he appeared “to adjust his stance and reach for what was later identified as a metal cylindrical object at his waist,” the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.

It was later determined not to be a firearm.

Metro Nashville Police chief John Drake ordered the department’s training academy to review Thursday’s police response. “I am saddened by any loss of life, and I send my condolences to the Eastep family,” Chief Drake said in a written statement Friday.

The standoff began around 2 p.m. Eastep had been sitting on a guardrail on the shoulder of the interstate and a state trooper was attempting to get him to move off the highway, according to Metro Nashville Police Department spokesperson Don Aaron.

“The individual kind of pushed away from the trooper and produced a box cutter,” Aaron said.

Officers from the Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol and an off-duty Mount Juliet officer tried to deescalate the situation, shutting down part of the interstate, when the man pulled out “a shiny, silver, cylindrical object” from his right pocket, Aaron said.

Body camera video released by the MNPD showed officers repeatedly asking Eastep to surrender. “Please, Landon. Please!” one officer is heard saying before the man is seen lunging with both hands together toward the officers, who open fire with a volley of shots. The man died on the scene, the TBI said.

Aaron said one officer had a Taser “on standby,” but it was not used.

No officers were injured, according to the TBI, which is the lead agency investigating the incident.

The MNPD says the officer who fired the last two shots has been decommissioned pending the investigation, while the other five Nashville officers involved were put on “routine administrative assignment.”

An independent investigation of the incident is being conducted by the TBI on behalf of the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office.

“Our team will work efficiently to gather relevant information at the scene, but the work may take some time,” the TBI said.

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