KPD releases details on shooting involving officer at mall

KPD releases details on shooting involving officer at West Town Mall

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Officer Christopher Edmonds (Source: Knoxville Police) Officer Christopher Edmonds (Source: Knoxville Police)

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville police released new details and video of a shooting that took place between officers and a man early November in the West Town Mall parking lot.

A police department investigation found the officer involved, Officer Christopher Edmonds, violated two of the department's policies when he fired one shot at suspect Abraham Dudley.

The shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute call that officers received.

Neither man has been charged with any crimes as a result of the incident.

"The suspect had to be warned multiple times to keep his hands up after having the suspect back towards the vehicle," said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch. "The suspect was told to go down to his knees with another command to keep his hands up. This is when Officer Edmonds discharged his weapon."

Chief Rausch said Officer Edmonds, who has been with the force for just over three years, violated KPD policy when he fired his weapon.

"What took place was somewhere along the line in the encounter, his finger was on the trigger of the weapon," Rausch said. "We train that you don't put your finger on the trigger until you have made that decision to fire, and he had his finger on the trigger."

Chief Rausch said Officer Edmonds was surprised when the he fired the round.

"You will notice he is startled when the round goes off, the officer is, you can verbally hear him make comments that are obvious shock," he said.

Police say Dudley was armed during the shooting.

While Officer Edmonds faces internal violations, the district attorney cleared him of any criminal charges.

"Anybody can make an error. Officer Edmonds is a fine officer, he's a fine young man, he made a horrible mistake," Rausch said.

Officer Edmonds remains on paid administrative leave for violating the department's policies of unnecessary force and use of a weapon.

Chief Rausch says he will return to work after the holiday, but will remain in an administrative position for the time being.

KPD is not pressing charges against Dudley and they say the victim in the domestic dispute that led to the shooting will also not be pressing any charges.

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