July 10, 2014

News Release

For Immediate Release

Statement on officer-involved shooting

As announced on May 9, two separate investigations would be conducted (as is SPD practice) after the officer-involved shooting that occurred that day. The SPD’s Criminal Investigation Division conducted its investigation and presented the case to the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for determination of possible criminal charges. Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announced this morning that the shooting was not justified and charged Officer Jason Shuck with a Class A misdemeanor of assault in the third degree.
 
Parallel to that investigation, the SPD’s Inspections and Internal Affairs Unit conducted a separate investigation which focuses on the behavior and conduct of the employee as it relates to the performance of their duties, and in compliance with established rules and regulations.  Once completed, the investigation will be reviewed by the officer’s chain of command and forwarded to the Chief of Police for a final determination. This internal investigation, and the process of reviewing the results of the investigation, is still underway.
 
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Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
O: 864-1786 | C: 839-5301
Release authorized by: Chief Paul Williams

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