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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The victim in a West Town Mall shooting says he's suing the city of Knoxville, saying there was no need for a Knoxville Police Department officer to shoot him in the lower back.
The shooting happened in November 2012.
Since then, the victim, Abraham Dudley says he's had to deal with some significant health issues.
"My injuries were a gunshot to my back and a bullet stuck in my liver for the rest of my life. I am diagnosed with chronic back pain," Dudley said.
A few weeks after the shooting, Chief David Rausch held a press conference saying Officer Christopher Edmonds, who pulled the trigger, was in the wrong.
"Anybody can make an error. Officer Edmonds is a fine officer. He's a fine young man who made a horrible mistake," Chief Rausch said back in December 2012.
He said the officer violated KPD policy when he fired his gun that day.
"You will notice the officer is startled when the round goes off. You can hear him verbally make comments in obvious shock," Chief Rausch said, referring to dashcam video and audio from the incident.
"There was no need for him to shoot. There was nothing I did wrong for him to shoot," Dudley said.
After police responded to the 911 call, Dudley, who was armed, says he followed all of their instructions. But still, he took a bullet.
"He had his finger on the trigger. What was the purpose of that? He could have easily tased me. He had back up there at the scene. There was no reason for him to shoot me at all," Dudley said.
Apart from all the health issues and medical bills he's had to deal with as a result of the shooting, he says he's also upset the officer was cleared of any criminal charges and continues to remain with the police department.
City records show Edmonds is no longer a patrol officer. He's been stripped of his officer title and holds an administrative position.
"I don't think justice has been done. I don't think justice has been served yet," Dudley said.
Dudley is now moving forward with a lawsuit against the city.
KPD was aware of it but could not comment. They referred us to their law department, who also said it was too early for them to comment.