Clarksville Fatal Shooting Case Goes To Grand Jury

Posted at 6:56 PM, Apr 25, 2017

A bail bondsmen allegedly shot and killed the wrong man while trying to serve warrants to a man in a parking lot.

"That was a very dangerous situation. Anytime you start firing rounds in an open parking lot, bullets have no conscience and you don't know who they're going to hit," said Jim Knoll, Clarksville Police Department.

But a bail bondsmen at Keesee bonding thought they had an idea of who they were aiming at, when they shot and took the life of 24-year-old Jalen Johnson.

According to Clarksville Police officials, Johnson was spotted in the Walmart parking lot on Whitefield Blvd, that's when the bail bondsmen thought they had the guy they were looking for, and fired several rounds into his vehicle.

"The young man that they were looking for was not inside of the vehicle," said Knoll.

Two days later, no one has been charged with the shooting death of Johnson, and many are wondering why.

"You have to make sure that you have everything together, and that's what we want. We want to do everything we can to make these charges stick," said Knoll.

As the family deals with losing a loved one, they're also hoping that justice can be served, quickly.

"The family wants justice for Jalen and we want justice for Jalen, but the thing is, we need to be slow a methodical. Once we charge somebody that's when the clock starts ticking," said Knoll.

Clarksville Police are still looking to speak with witnesses from Sunday morning.