Tuesday, 25 July 2017 07:08

No Charges in Deputies’ Shooting of Arlington Resident

July 24, 2017 – No criminal charges will be filed against the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies involved the fatal shooting last December of an Arlington man, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Monday.
The two deputies fired shots that killed 48-year-old Jimmy Lee Lawson on Dec. 17, 2016, while they were responding to a domestic violence call at his residence on Osborn Road in Arlington. According to a report compiled by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Lawson was running at the deputies with his arm raised while holding a knife. The deputies both fired when he disregarded their command to drop the weapon and get on the ground. Lawson was shot once in the abdomen and once in the chest. A black-handled steak knife was recovered near his body. His blood alcohol concentration was 0.322. “It was a tragic situation for everyone,” said Gen. Weirich. “The officers had only seconds to react and had no other choice, yet they will have to live with that night the rest of their lives. Mr. Lawson’s family has suffered the loss of someone very important in their lives.” The decision not to file criminal charges was made following a review of the investigative report on the shooting compiled by the TBI’s Violent Crime Response Team. The report can be found HERE. By law, TBI reports on incidents prior to May 4 of this year are not open to the public without a subpoena or a court order. A petition filed by Gen Weirich to make the file public was recently granted in Chancery Court. A new law now allows such reports to be made public without a court order. All fatal shootings involving officers of the Memphis Police Department or the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office are investigated by the TBI, according to a memorandum of understanding signed in 2015 by those parties and Gen. Weirich. The final report goes to the District Attorney for a legal review of the factual findings, a determination of whether any criminal laws were violated and a decision whether an indictment should be sought through the grand jury.