Jeffrey Chase Caldwell
KINGSPORT — A Kingsport man shot during a two-hour standoff with police this past summer pleaded guilty to simple assault on Monday and was sentenced to a year in prison.
Jeffrey Chase Caldwell was shot in the abdomen by Kingsport police officer Joe Valentine in June following an early morning standoff on the roof of his girlfriend’s house. Caldwell had outstanding warrants in Hawkins and Sullivan counties and was attempting to evade arrest.
Initially, Caldwell was thought to have been armed with a knife and a handgun, but the handgun ultimately turned out to be a roof shingle.
In August, a Sullivan County grand jury indicted Caldwell on simple assault (a misdemeanor) for placing Valentine in reasonable fear of bodily injury. The same grand jury found that Valentine did not use excessive force.
During a sentencing hearing Monday afternoon, Assistant District Attorney Gene Perrin read Valentine’s statement to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, shedding some additional information about the events that transpired during the standoff.
Caldwell told police he had a gun and was seen flipping a knife open and shut; he would feign cooperation, act irrationally and failed to follow directions, Perrin said. Caldwell, who was on acid and Xanax at the time of the standoff, continued to say he had a gun and was going to shoot.
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