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KCSO: Clinton man killed in officer-involved shooting

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a Clinton man dead Saturday morning in North Knoxville.

Dispatchers received a complaint at around 7:30 am Saturday about a suspicious male, possibly selling drugs in the parking lot of the Tanglewood Apartments on Tillery Road in North Knoxville. Officers from the Knoxville Police Department responded to the scene and say that when they approached the suspect’s car, the man drove at them. The KCSO, which is the investigating agency, says that at least one of the KPD officers feared for his safety and opened fire, striking the driver.

The driver, identified as 30-year-old Jason C. Minnick, died from his injuries. No officers were injured.

An autopsy will be performed and the findings of the ongoing KCSO investigation will be handed over the District Attorney’s office.

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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  1. This was my uncle! He didn’t deserve this. They could have jumped out of the way and shot at the tire! They forget to mention he was straightening his life up! Was waiting for a bed to open at rehab, and was not selling drugs, he was in the parking lot waiting for my cousins mom to message him to go see her!! His 3 year old daughter screams and has nightmares because her daddy was taken away from her!!! I was 11 weeks pregnant and lost my mind! Jason had a bad rap sheet, yes, but he hadnt been in trouble, the trial he did have, he was found not guilty!!! Cops have shot someone every month and my uncle’s life was taken because a fucking cop thought he was God and got to determine to take someone’s life!!!!!! His family can’t even get peace because everyone wants to talk about the bad shit, but forgets he was a human! He was a father, son, uncle, brother, friend!!! I hope the officer cannot sleep at night!!! There’s even a witness that came forward and saw it and is willing to testify!! We will never get justice because it was a officer!! It doesn’t matter what race you are, all of our families who have lost someone due to something like this have to sit and cry and wonder why!!!!! Something needs to be done! He didn’t pull a gun! He didn’t try to stab them! The cop jumped in front of his car!!!!!! Stop making him look like just an outright bad person to make the public be on the KPD side!!!!!

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