Man shot, killed by Morristown police officer during argument

Man shot, killed by Morristown police officer during argument

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Alkini Dawn Thompson (source: Hamblen County Sheriff's Office) Alkini Dawn Thompson (source: Hamblen County Sheriff's Office)
The house where the shooting took place is on Elm Street. The house where the shooting took place is on Elm Street.

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - A Morristown police officer shot and killed a man Wednesday night who refused to put down his gun during an argument with his girlfriend.

A 12-year-old girl in a home on Elm Street called 911 around 8:00 p.m. to report that her mother's boyfriend, Joseph Allan Weeks, 23, of New Market, was threatening to shoot himself.

Investigators believe Weeks had overheard a conversation his girlfriend, Alkini Dawn Thompson, 35, of Morristown, was having with her estranged husband and that sparked his threat of suicide.

Officers say when they arrived, Weeks was in the driveway with a handgun. Thompson had been trying to disarm him, causing a domestic disturbance.

Weeks refused to drop his gun when Officer Dustin Jones told him to. That's when the officer fired two shots, killing Weeks. His body was taken to Knoxville for an autopsy.

A neighbor who lives three doors down, Chris Ewing, says the neighborhood is usually quiet. The incident wasn't something anyone expected.

"Everyone started calling. My momma was calling. My friends were calling me talking about who got shot. I was like, I don't know. I'm at work. By the time I got home, there were police everywhere lined up. There were 10, 15, 20 cars out here," Ewing said.

Thompson was arrested after the shooting. Police say she hit her daughter and is charged with child abuse. She is also accused of phone harassment. Another child believed to be Thompson's was also in the home.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called to provide a follow-up investigation of the shooting. Four Morristown police officers were eventually involved.

Morristown Police Chief Roger Overholt said a preliminary investigation showed the use of force by Officer Jones was necessary and was within the guidelines of department policy.

Jones has been a member of the Morristown Police Department since 2005. He was placed on 24-hour paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol after a shooting.

Thompson's past record in Morristown includes assault, disorderly conduct and multiple vehicle citations.

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