Elizabethton police officers cleared in shooting which left suspect dead; back on duty

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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) – Two Elizabethton Police officers have been cleared for their involvement in the September shooting which left a suspect dead.

According to District Attorney General Ken Baldwin, Officer James Deese and Officer Jesse Richardson of the Elizabethton Police department responded to a call of a suspicious person in the Academy Street area.

When they arrived, the man ran, leading to a foot pursuit.

During the pursuit, the man, later identified as Jeffrey Gibble, fell on the ground.

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According to Baldwin, Officer Deese attempted to restrain the suspect. At that time, Gibble fired shots at the officers.

Officers returned fire, hitting Gibble.

Gibble would later die at a local hospital.

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“I met with the TBI Agent earlier this week concerning this incident and also spoke with Chief Jason Shaw of the Elizabethton Police Department,” Baldwin wrote in a statement. “After reviewing the evidence and TBI case file, there is no evidence to warrant any criminal activity on the part of the officers involved. This is a tragic situation and resulted in death.”

According to Chief Jason Shaw, both officers are back on duty.

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