No Charges Filed In Deadly Deputies' Involved Shooting In Arlington

ARLINGTON, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - No criminal charges will be filed against two Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputies involved the fatal shooting last December of an Arlington man.

The deputies fired shots that killed 48-year-old Jimmy Lee Lawson on Dec. 17, 2016, while they were responding to a domestic violence call at his residence on Osborn Road in Arlington.

According to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report, Lawson was running at the deputies with his arm raised while holding a knife. The deputies both fired when he disregarded their command to drop the weapon and get on the ground.

Lawson was shot once in the abdomen and once in the chest.

A black-handled steak knife was recovered near his body.

His blood alcohol concentration was 0.322.

“It was a tragic situation for everyone,” said Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich. “The officers had only seconds to react and had no other choice, yet they will have to live with that night the rest of their lives. Mr. Lawson’s family has suffered the loss of someone very important in their lives.”

The decision not to file criminal charges was made following a review of the investigative report on the shooting compiled by the TBI’s Violent Crime Response Team.  

The report can be found at www.scdag.com.

All fatal shootings involving officers of the Memphis Police Department or the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office are investigated by the TBI, according to a memorandum of understanding signed in 2015 by those parties and Gen. Weirich.

The final report goes to the District Attorney for a legal review of the factual findings, a determination of whether any criminal laws were violated and a decision whether an indictment should be sought through the grand jury.


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