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Family of man shot by Kingsport police says weapon was a roof shingle

June 12th, 2013 12:31 pm by Rain Smith, Kingsport Times News

Family of man shot by Kingsport police says weapon was a roof shingle

Police process the scene of Tuesday morning's shooting on Watauga Street. Photo by David Grace.

Kingsport police are still declining to identify the alleged weapon a wanted man reportedly threatened officers with during a Tuesday morning standoff — prompting them to shoot him in the abdomen — but the suspect's family claims it was a roof shingle. 

"When there's a gun involved, (police) specify that to give the reason for shooting them out of the way," Jeff Caldwell, the shooting victim's father, told the Times-News on Wednesday. "They put out there (to the media) an unspecified weapon, because it wasn't a gun and they want to justify that shooting."

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate the incident, which began at approximately 1:30 Tuesday morning at 1357 Watauga St. Kingsport police had received information that Jeffrey Chase Caldwell, 25, was at the residence, and wanted on warrants for theft in both Sullivan and Hawkins Counties.

Read more at Times-News.net.

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