Police officers on paid leave after shooting

Police officers on paid leave after shooting

June 30th, 2010 by Todd South in News

One of the three Chattanooga police officers involved in the shooting death of a man Tuesday also was involved in a police shooting death last year.

Officers William Salyers and Nathan Rogers and Lt. Edwin McPherson each were placed on seven days leave after the Tuesday shooting to receive counseling, police officials said. Such actions are part of standard procedure after such incidents.

During that time, investigators will try to learn what prompted Andrew Carr, 29, to point a revolver at the officers as they were negotiating his surrender.

Officer Salyers was one of six officers involved in the June 18, 2009, shooting death of Alonzo Heyward. Police shot at Mr. Heyward 59 times, leaving 43 entrance and exit wounds in his body.

Officer Salyers could not be reached for comment.

Staff photo by Jake Daniels/Chattanooga Times Free Press Police officers gather caution tape as they prepare to vacate the scene of a fatal shooting on Tuesday morning. Police were on the scene of a shooting incident on Graysville Rd. from early morning until approximately 10:15 AM on Tuesday. One man was killed.

On Tuesday, Mr. Carr had called 911 at 3:36 a.m., threatening suicide, Chattanooga police Capt. Tim Carroll said. Mr. Carr had told dispatchers that "he had a gun and would kill himself or have the police do it," Capt. Carroll said.

Officers were dispatched to Mr. Carr's 807 Graysville Road home at 3:43 a.m., the captain said. One of the officers, a member of the department's hostage negotiation team, tried talking Mr. Carr into surrendering, and Capt. Carroll, who was on the scene when the shooting occurred, said it appeared the man was going to give up.

Then Mr. Carr walked off his front porch and up the driveway, pointing a revolver at three police officers standing 20 to 25 feet away, the captain said.

Capt. Carroll said the entire episode was over in seconds.

"It happened so quick I couldn't even get on the radio to say he had a gun," the captain said.

After the shooting, he called in "shots fired" at 4:26 a.m.

Family members living in a nearby home said Tuesday they did not wish to comment to the media.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said in an e-mail that the agency is assisting in the investigation, as requested by the Hamilton County district attorney, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.

Once the investigation is complete, findings will be turned over to the district attorney, she said.

The Graysville Road shooting was the second fatal shooting police responded to on Tuesday. At 12:15 a.m., police were called to a shooting at 4417 Oakwood Drive in the British Woods apartments.

Bernard Hughes, 46, had been fatally shot in the head, and Timothy Westfield, 45, had been shot in the hand. As of Tuesday evening, police had not released any further details on that shooting.

Mr. Hughes' death marks 10 homicides this year, and Mr. Westfield's injury makes 39 shootings with injury, according to newspaper accounts.

For the same period last year, Capt. Carroll said, there had been 10 homicides and 37 shootings with injury.

The officer-involved shooting is not counted in the homicides or shooting-with-injury totals.

This is the first officer-involved shooting by Chattanooga police since the death of Mr. Heyward. Ms. Helm said the TBI is preparing to turn over the findings of that shooting investigation to the district attorney.

Mr. Heyward was pointing a shotgun at his face outside the McDonald's restaurant on Rossville Boulevard in the early morning hours of July 18, 2009, when approached by police, according to previous police statements.

Officers followed Mr. Heyward to his home on Seventh Avenue, continually asking him to disarm, but he didn't comply, according to newspaper archives.

The family of Mr. Heyward filed a civil lawsuit for wrongful death against the officers, and the case has been scheduled for Jan. 18, 2011, in U.S. District Court.


2010 SHOOTINGS

As of June 28, 2010, there have been 10 homicides and 39 shootings with injury in Chattanooga.

For the same period in 2009, there were 10 homicides and 37 shootings with injury.

* Jan. 2 - Body of Jimmy Yearby, 40, found in the middle of Sanders Road, died of apparent gunshot to the head.

* Jan. 3 - Jeffrey Jones, 49, shot in the back at 952 N. Orchard Knob Ave.

* Jan. 9 - Jonathan Lawrence, 42, shot and killed while pumping gas at the Kanku's at 3440 Wilcox Blvd.; Montez Davis charged with first-degree murder.

* Jan. 9 - Inah Garner, 29, shot in the finger during the crossfire of another shooting.

* Jan. 27 - Glen Bailey, 21, shot twice by his girlfriend's brother at 2008 Bennett Ave.

* Feb. 6 - Terry Marshall, 39, shot in the chest at 1501 Roanoke Ave.

* Feb. 7 - 2-year-old child shot when a bullet pierces a car window near 1300 Wilcox Blvd.

* Feb. 11 - Darius Robinson, 21, shot in the leg while driving past the Kanku's on Wilcox Boulevard.

* Feb. 14 -- Gweniqua Strickland, 22, shot in the abdomen, arm and leg while on the couch inside the residence at 4115 Dorris St.; shots came from outside.

* Feb. 21 - Denzel Lloyd, 18, shot while walking to his car after a teen party at the Loose Cannon Art Gallery at 1900 Rossville Ave.

* Feb. 21 - Minnie Moore, 77, grazed in the back and elbow by bullets from outside her home at 1900 Wilson St.

* Feb. 27 - Terrance Etchison, 27, shot and killed at the Kanku's on Wilcox Boulevard.

* Feb. 27 - Cecil Franklin Stodghill, shot while bartending at the LG Lounge at 830 Dodson Ave.

* March 13 - Juvenile shot in the neck while seated in an SUV at 4600 Rogers Road.

* March 13 - 16-year-old male shot in the lower left leg at 1941 Heaton St.

* March 17 - Two juveniles shot in foot and leg ay 1113 N. Hawthorne St. in a drive-by

* March 26 - Marquis McReynolds, 18, shot in the side and a 15-year-old male shot in the stomach at 1953 Southern St.

* March 27 - Quincy Bell, 18, Kevin Tucker, 18, Andreonna Buchanan, 18 and two juveniles shot in the legs and buttocks in Coolidge Park. Police arrest Anthony Freison, 18, Taurean Patillo, 18, and one juvenile.

* March 30 - RaShaun Dontae, 20, shot in the buttocks at 2210 Duncan Road.

* March 31 - Darius Hyatt, 21, shot in the forearm while walking down the street at the 2600 block of Fourth Avenue.

* April 4 - Jeryl Y. Hudson, 55, shot in the head and killed while a passenger in a Ford Taurus when a white, four-door sedan pulls alongside and an unknown assailant fires into the vehicle.

* April 8 - Timmy Nichols, 50, shot in the chest and killed on the corner of Main and Willow Streets. Police arrest Quinisha Renee Brabson, 20, charging her with criminal homicide.

* April 13 - Michael Graham, 19, shot in the neck while driving away from East 12th Street area.

* April 13 - Walter Nicholson, 23, and Paul Ray Robinson, 26, shot at 1700 N. Orchard Knob Ave.

* April 14 - Ayanna Glenn, 33, shot in her 5207 Woodland View Circle home while lying on the sofa.

* April 23 - Orlando Gomez shot in leg when he startles a man attempting to rob the Big K market at 909 Dodson Ave.

* April 26 - Alan Eady, 40, shot in the leg and hand after two young black males tried to rob him at 2407 Glass St.

* April 29 - Michael Johnson, 20, shot in the head while sitting on the porch of 2138 E. 27th St. Mr. Johnson later died from the wound.

* May 14 - Demond Clay, 32, shot in the head while walking to his mother's house in the 2000 block of Raulston Street.

* May 16 - Antonio Wright, 37, shot in the torso by Sophia Jones at 1713 Wheeler Ave. Ms. Jones claims Mr. Wright was robbing her.

* May 31 - Damien High, 29, shot in the lower torso on Pinewood Drive.

* May 30 - Michael Appiah, 26, shot in upper left arm while on Youngstown Road.

* June 9 - 59-year-old Chattanooga man shot during a robbery at his 410 Shawnee Trial home.

* June 11 - Marcus Ramos Alanzo shot in the face while being robbed at gunpoint at 2213 E. 14th St.

* June 15 - Marvin Davis, Jr., 21, shot in the leg while leaving Brainerd Road Waffle House.

* June 15 - Robbie Bell, 31, shot three times in leg and Gerald Houston, 51, shot in the arm after an argument between Mr. Bell and another man.

* June 17 - Michael Newby, 24 shot in the head and killed by Andrew Graves, 23 in Newby's residence at 1246 North Concord Road.

Source: Chattanooga police