UPDATE: 12/19/17, 8:00 Central: The subject who died in this incident has been identified as Johnathan Melton, DOB 12-6-90, of Charleston.
At the request of 10th District Attorney General Stephen Crump, TBI Agents continue to investigate the circumstances of an officer-involved shooting early this morning in Charleston.
Preliminary information indicates the incident began when officers from the Charleston Police Department and deputies from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Leyland Drive where a male subject had reportedly assaulted a male victim with a weapon and fled the scene on foot. During a subsequent search of the area, deputies located the subject at the back of a church on Hiwassee Street, where they confronted him. The individual reportedly had weapons in both hands and ignored law enforcement commands, which resulted in officers attempting unsuccessfully to use a stun gun to subdue the subject. The situation further escalated and resulted in the deputy firing his service weapon at the individual, who subsequently died. Efforts to identify the deceased and notify his next-of-kin remain ongoing at the time of this release.
TBI Special Agents will gather any and all relevant interviews and evidence as part of this ongoing investigation. Throughout the process, Agents will submit investigative findings to the District Attorney General for his review and consideration. As a reminder: The TBI only acts as ‘fact-finders’ in its investigation. The determination as to whether the law enforcement officers’ actions were justified rests solely with him. Additionally, the TBI does not identify officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions of that nature to their respective department/s.
Updates on this investigation will be posted online at TBINewsroom.com as they are available.