Two Bristol police officers cleared in fatal shooting at Speedway Inn

Courtesy: News Channel 11 Viewer
Courtesy: News Channel 11 Viewer

SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL)- Two police officers involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting in Bristol, Tennessee over the summer were cleared of any wrong-doing.

In July, two Bristol police officers attempted to serve arrest warrants on 50-year-old Jonathan Justice at the Speedway Inn in the 1400 block of Bluff City Highway. Officers fatally shot Justice after he pointed a loaded gun at them. Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus said the grand jury met on Tuesday and decided the two officers acted appropriately during the incident.

“Under these circumstance, the grand jury felt like they fell well within the protocols and the procedures and their training when to use lethal force,” Staubus said. “It was an unfortunate situation, but that was the only resort they had.”

Justice was wanted on several charges, including shoplifting, DUI, and failure to appear in court. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office investigated the incident.

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