Emails Point To TBI, MNPD Disagreement In Jocques Clemmons Shooting Investigation

Posted: 10:06 PM, Mar 30, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-31 10:39:11-04
TBI, MNPD Disagree In Clemmons Investigation
TBI, MNPD Disagree In Clemmons Investigation

A deep division appears to have developed over a critical question about a man shot and killed by Metro Police: who will investigate the officer involved shooting death of Jocques Clemmons?

Emails obtained by the Nashville Scene show the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Metro Police have a major disagreement on that issue.

Both Metro Police and the TBI began separate investigations into the February shooting.

In one email from the TBI to District Attorney General Glenn Funk, the TBI says "it will be impossible for TBI to conduct an independent investigation while another agency simultaneously conducts the same investigation, potentially interviewing and creating multiple statements from the same witnesses."

But the emails show Metro Police remained firm in wanting to continue its own investigation -- just 10 days ago Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson saying to Funk, "I remain convinced that there can be separate, parallel and independent investigations."

With the two agencies not seeing eye to eye and no agreement in sight, emails show the TBI almost walked away from its investigation, leaving it to Metro Police, saying "In the interest of justice and the promotion of a smooth judicial process ...TBI will again offer to step aside."

Also Thursday, the Medical Examiner released the Autopsy for Jocques Clemmons.

It shows Clemmons was shot twice in the back and once in the hip, along with graze wound.

The report showed he had trace amounts of alcohol and marijuana in his system.

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