A wanted suspect who was shot and killed by Knox County deputies never fired his weapon, but he did point the weapon at officers and threaten them.
On Tuesday, the Knox County Sheriff's Office released the results of their investigation into the shooting that killed Jordan Camp, 21, of Knoxville, on June 20, 2013. KCSO said that Camp, who was wanted on two outstanding criminal warrants of aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident, had barricaded himself inside a trailer on Canton Hollow Road when officers arrived to arrest him.
The Office of Professional Standards investigated the shooting. According to their report, the KCSO Negotiation Team talked to Camp for two hours while the SWAT Team took up defensive positions inside and outside the mobile home. Camp was warned not to point the gun at officers, but he did so twice. Then, he pointed the the muzzle of a Ruger Model 10/22 semi-automatic rifle directly into the face of a SWAT officer, and that's when that officer and others inside the mobile home opened fire. The officers fired 49 rounds. Camp's weapon, which was functional and loaded, was not fired, as first believed. The autopsy report says that Camp was hit 18 times and died from multiple gunshot wounds.
SWAT Team member Sergeant Mike Ledbetter was hit in the leg by a ricochet round. He was hospitalized with serious injuries, but has since returned to work as he continues to heal from several major surgeries.
The District Attorney General has cleared deputies of any legal wrongdoing in a standoff that left a suspect dead and a deputy hurt.
DAG Randy Nichols sent a letter to Knox County Sheriff JJ Jones clearing the SWAT team officers involved in the June 20th incident.
The sheriff's office says 21-year-old Jordan Camp started shooting at deputies when they tried to arrest him on Canton Hollow Road in West Knox County.
Camp died in the shootout. Sergeant Mike Ledbetter was shot in the leg and seriously hurt.