UPDATE: Man killed in Johnson City officer-involved shooting identified

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — UPDATE: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified the man killed during Tuesday’s officer-involved shooting in Johnson City.

According to the TBI, the man has been identified as Kevin Lee Catlett, 62, of Johnson City.

Catlett was shot during the incident in the 900 block of McArthur Street and pronounced dead at the scene.

Johnson City Police Chief Karl Turner told News Channel 11’s Anslee Daniel that Tuesday night’s incident a “traumatic situation” for all involved. He said it is standard protocol to send two officers out on a domestic call- both involved are now on paid administrative leave until the TBI’s investigation is complete.

“There’s certain things that have to take place as far as the investigation, Turner said. “There will be other things that take place as far as re-qualification, any health care concerns we have to address so there’s a number of things that take place and that’s why they’re on administrative leave.”

Chief Turner says he’s unaware of any past incidents at the home or with Catlett but said that was part of the investigation- as well as who called police to the home.

Turner said he was unaware if there was any video of the incident, also saying that was part of the investigation.

“There’s been discussion about body cameras for some time, Turner said. “It hasn’t come up just because of this incident. We’ve had discussions with the city manager and other groups as well and our commission as far as body cameras and the need for those and the costs of those. Those discussions have been taking place for some time.”

The last officer-involved shooting Turner could recall for the department was in the early 2000s. He said that incident also resulted in a fatality.


Authorities say a man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Johnson City.

The shooting happened Tuesday evening in the 900 block of McArthur Street.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Johnson City police responded just before 7 p.m. to a reported domestic disturbance involving an intoxicated man armed with a gun.

According to TBI, preliminary information indicates that officers encountered the armed man in the middle of the street and told him to drop the weapon but he refused.

“At some point during the encounter, the subject reportedly pointed a gun at officers, resulting in one of the officers firing shots, striking him,” said TBI Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart.

The identity of the man was not immediately released. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No officers were injured in the shooting according to TBI.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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