UPDATE: Victim identified after officer-involved shooting in Bradley County

UPDATE: Victim identified after officer-involved shooting in Bradley County

December 17th, 2017 by Staff Report in Breaking News

UPDATE: The subject who died in this incident has been identified as Jonathan Melton, 27, of Charleston Tenn.

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ORIGINAL STORY: A man is dead after an early Sunday morning officer-involved shooting in Charleston, Tenn., according to the Bradley County Sheriff's Office.

The shooting came after a 911 call just before midnight reporting a stabbing, sheriff's office spokesman Lt. James Bradford said in a news release. The caller told dispatchers a man had been stabbed and another man fled from the scene.

Upon arriving, Bradley County sheriff's officers and Charleston police began searching the area and found the man behind a church on Hiwassee Street, according to a news release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Bradley officers described the location as Billingsley Street, which runs off of Hiwassee Street. The church is between the stabbing scene on Leyland Drive and Billingsley Street.

That encounter resulted in a physical altercation, Bradford said. The man reportedly had weapons in both hands and ignored law enforcement commands, which resulted in officers unsuccessfully trying to use a stun gun to subdue him, TBI officials said.

Deputy Corey Loftis fired his weapon, hitting the man, authorities said. Loftis and Charleston police officer Jimmy Woody immediately began performing life-saving measures until emergency personnel arrived. The man was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The TBI is investigating the incident, which is standard protocol for the Bradley County agency's officer- involved shootings.

Loftis has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation. He is currently assigned to a specialized unit that investigates traffic collisions. It's not clear if Woody has also been placed on leave.

All investigative findings by the TBI will be turned over to 10th Judicial District Attorney General Stephen Crump. He will determine whether law enforcement officers' actions were justified.


This story was updated Dec. 21, 2017, at 11:05 a.m.


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