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No charges in fatal Jonesborough police shooting

Becky Campbell, Johnson City Press • Jun 12, 2018 at 9:13 AM

The investigation into a fatal police shooting earlier this year in Jonesborough is over and no charges will be filed.

District Attorney General Ken Baldwin said he signed a letter Monday to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and talked to Jonesborough Police Chief Ron Street, about the March 19 incident on East Jackson Boulevard during the lunch rush hour. Mark Clinton Harrell Jr., 26, of Church Hill, was shot three times by Jonesborough Officer Chad Reece as the man charged at him with a large knife. The fatal shot was to Harrell’s chest.

Baldwin said he reviewed statements of officers and bystanders taken by a TBI agent as well as police body cam footage and bystander cell phone video. There was nothing to indicate the officers acted inappropriately, Baldwin said, and they had actually given Harrell multiple opportunities to drop his weapon before he charged toward them.

Reece shot Harrell after the officer repeatedly ordered Harrell to drop the machete-type knife he was holding. At one point, Harrell tripped and Reece tried to move in to subdue the man. But Harrell jumped up quickly and charged at Reece from about four feet while swinging the knife. Reece fired three shots and Harrell was struck in the chest and each arm.

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