A Knoxville police officer acted appropriately in defense of his life when he shot and killed a man while responding to a call last July.
That's according to Knoxville Police Spokesman Darrell DeBusk who says Officer Brian Leatherwood is back on duty following KPD's investigation.
Police released dash-cam recordings of the incident Friday afternoon.
According to police, on July 6 the officer responded to a 9-1-1 call from 47-year-old Paul Capps' mother.
She reported he was assaulting and threatening to kill her in their Probus Road home.
When 10News interviewed the Capps family in July, they had many questions about what happened that night and doubted the necessity of fatal force.
Capps' son, Bryan Capps, says it wasn't his father's first run-in with law enforcement. He said the police should have known they were dealing with a schizophrenic man before they arrived, and Officer Leatherwood shouldn't have gone in alone.
He also said his father was never known to be violent.
Capps' ex-wife Sandy Kelly was the only family member to listen to the tapes.
She too had her doubts, but says she now she realizes how easily it could have been Officer Leatherwood's family left grieving.
The tapes show the officer pulled up to the home just before 11 and made contact with the mother. Within a minute of arriving, chaos breaks out as Capps comes to the door.
A struggle can be heard, during which police say Capps got the officer's flashlight and began beating him in the head.
Within two minutes of his arrival, Leatherwood fires two shots followed by a taser.
Paul Capps was dead and Leatherwood spent the night in the hospital with several head wounds.
DeBusk describes the tapes as evidence of Leatherwood's "restraint and professionalism."
Kelly says while her two sons will never see their father again, her "heart is at rest" knowing the officer was protecting himself and Capps' mother.