BREAKING NEWS

Man shot by deputy in Charleston identified

Allen Mincey
Posted 12/20/17

The subject who died after being shot by a Bradley County Sheriff's Office deputy has been identified as Johnathan Melton, 27, of Charleston.

Due to an officer being involved in the incident, 10th …

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BREAKING NEWS

Man shot by deputy in Charleston identified

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The subject who died after being shot by a Bradley County Sheriff's Office deputy has been identified as Johnathan Melton, 27, of Charleston.

Due to an officer being involved in the incident, 10th District Attorney General Steve Crump asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to investigate the circumstances of the shooting.

TBI has released the man's identity.

Initial reports indicate the incident began when officers from both the Charleston Police Department and Bradley County Sheriff's Office responded to a Leyland Drive residence after a reported stabbing. The officers responded just before 1 a.m. Sunday.

Melton reportedly fled the scene on foot, and during a subsequent search of the area, the officers — BCSO Deputy Corey Loftis and the Charleston Police Department's Jimmy Woody — located the subject behind a church on Hiwassee Street, where they confronted him. The TBI reported that the individual allegedly 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.

Melton was not identified immediately after the incident, as his next-of-kin had not been notified. The Bradley County Sheriff's Office was familiar with the 27-year-old, as he had served time at the Bradley County Jail, according to BCSO Communications Director Lt. James Bradford.

TBI special agents will gather any and all relevant interviews and evidence as part of the ongoing investigation. Throughout the process, agents will submit investigative findings to the District Attorney General for his review and consideration.

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