Grand jury finds WCSO deputy acted “appropriately and lawfully” in Nov. shooting

WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – A Washington County grand jury found that a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy acted “appropriately and lawfully” during a shooting incident at a Jonesborough church on Nov. 16.

JBO shooting

According to a WCSO news release, a grand jury cleared WCSO Deputy Michael Garmer in the November shooting, which happened at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 284 Mount Zion Church Road in Jonesborough, involving Aubrey Calhoun.

TBI investigators told us on Nov.16 that someone called 911 concerned about Calhoun’s well-being.

According to TBI, a deputy found Calhoun in the church parking lot, an argument ensued, and the deputy shot Calhoun.

“Calhoun refused to comply with verbal commands and ran towards Deputy Garmer while indicating that he was armed with a weapon,” Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal said. “Deputy Garmer had no choice but to use force in a tense uncertain situation. Any officer would have done the same if faced with those circumstances. I am proud of and fully support Deputy Garmer.”

Garmer, who returned to full duty Wednesday night, has been employed with the sheriff’s office since May 24, 2011 and was selected to be a sworn officer on May 20, 2013.

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