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Man shot by Kingsport police during standoff sentenced to year in prison

NET News Service • Nov 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM

KINGSPORT — A Kingsport man shot during a two-hour standoff with

police this past summer pleaded guilty to simple assault on Monday and

was sentenced to a year in prison.

Jeffrey Chase Caldwell was

shot in the abdomen by Kingsport police officer Joe Valentine in June

following an early morning standoff on the roof of his girlfriend’s

house. Caldwell had outstanding warrants in Hawkins and Sullivan

counties and was attempting to evade arrest.

Initially, Caldwell

was thought to have been armed with a knife and a handgun, but the

handgun ultimately turned out to be a roof shingle.

In August, a

Sullivan County grand jury indicted Caldwell on simple assault (a

misdemeanor) for placing Valentine in reasonable fear of bodily injury.

The same grand jury found that Valentine did not use excessive force.

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