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McNairy Grand Jury declines charges in 2020 HPD officer-involved shooting

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By Kendall Patterson

The case of the October 12, 2020 Henderson Police Department officer-involved shooting resulting in the death of Anthony Jones, a black 24-year old male, has been closed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
TBI’s statement from the preliminary report said, “The incident began at approximately 1:14 a.m. on U.S. Highway 45 in Chester County. Officers from the Henderson Police Department attempted to effectuate a traffic stop after receiving a call from a concerned citizen regarding a possible impaired driver. Authorities later determined the vehicle in question was driven by Anthony Jones (DOB 12-13-95). After officers initiated emergency equipment, Jones led officers on an extended pursuit and, at times, reached speeds exceeding 100 miles an hour. Jones eventually wrecked the vehicle in the 5700 block of Highway 45 in Bethel Springs in McNairy County. He then exited the vehicle and portrayed, with actions and statements, to have a firearm. Two Henderson officers gave verbal commands to Jones, which he disregarded. Officers attempted to subdue Jones with an electroshock weapon, which proved to be ineffective. The situation escalated further, resulting in one of the officers firing two shots from a service weapon, striking Jones. Despite lifesaving efforts at the scene by officers and EMS, Jones later died at a hospital in Corinth, Mississippi. A firearm was not recovered at the scene and it was later determined that the vehicle Jones was driving had been reported stolen in Jackson immediately prior to this morning’s events. No law enforcement officers were hurt in the incident.”
According to District Attorney General Mark Davidson, the case was presented to the McNairy County Grand Jury on June 14, 2021, and the grand jury declined to present any charges against the officers involved, Kyle Carter and Danielle Cook.
In a statement issued to TBI, concerning the case status, District Attorney General Davidson said, “Likewise, our Office (the office of the District Attorney General 25th Judicial District) does not believe there is probable cause to pursue any charges against the officers.”

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