KPD officer cleared of misconduct in West Town Mall shooting

KPD officer cleared of misconduct in West Town Mall shooting

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The scene of the November shooting. The scene of the November shooting.
Officer Christopher Edmonds (Source: Knoxville Police) Officer Christopher Edmonds (Source: Knoxville Police)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County prosecutors cleared a Knoxville police officer of criminal misconduct in a November shooting at West Town Mall.

Officer Christopher Edmonds shot Abraham Dudley during an incident in the mall parking lot on Nov. 1.

Dudley was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, when police were called.

When Dudley told police he had a weapon and was going to use it, Officer Edmonds shot him.

He was taken to the hospital and later released.

Officer Edmonds had been on paid administrative leave since the shooting, which is standard in such situations.

Though he has been cleared of criminal misconduct in the shooting, Police Chief David Rausch and other KPD staffers chose to leave the officer on paid leave as the investigation continues.

No timeframe was given for when the investigation will be complete.

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