Davidson County’s Medical Examiner has released the autopsy report for Jocques Clemmons, the man who was fatally shot by a Metro Police officer in the Cayce Homes last month. It confirms that Clemmons was shot twice in the back, and once in the hip.
The autopsy firmly establishes that Clemmons died from multiple gunshot wounds. The manner of which was ruled a homicide—a term with no criminal implications when it comes from a medical examiner.
Surveillance video showed Clemmons getting out of an SUV, seeing a police officer who was approaching, and running away. The officer caught up with Clemmons and slung him to the ground. That’s when police say Clemmons dropped a gun, retrieved it and refused to drop the weapon.
According to the autopsy report, Clemmons was shot three, possibly four times, with two of those bullets entering though his middle and lower back, another in his left hip and a graze wound on the left side of his abdomen. The report concludes that the bullets entering Clemmon’s back got lodged in his chest and liver, respectively.
Mayor Megan Barry has made the following statement after the release of a series of e-mails between District Attorney General Glenn Funk, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and Metro Nashville Police Department regarding the ongoing investigation into the shooting death of Jocques Clemmons and negotiations over a Memorandum of Understanding for future investigations into the actions of an MNPD Officer that result in the death of another person:
“This has been a learning experience for all parties involved, as this is the first officer-involved shooting in Nashville that the TBI has been asked to investigate. When General Funk made the decision to ask the TBI to investigate nearly a week after the shooting, a large portion of the criminal investigation had already been undertaken by the MNPD. Following General Funk’s decision, the MNPD immediately provided all available evidence to the TBI as they started their own investigation.
“There are two separate issues outlined in the e-mails provided by General Funk to the media: the investigation into the shooting of Jocques Clemmons and a Memorandum of Understanding on future investigations of officer-involved shootings that result in a death.
“On Wednesday, March 29, I met with the TBI, MNPD, and District Attorney to discuss these issues. At that meeting, the TBI expressed full confidence in the progress and integrity of the ongoing investigation in the death of Mr. Clemmons. Throughout the investigation, both the TBI and MNPD have been committed to finding the truth and have been vigilant in collecting evidence and information that will be presented to the District Attorney in the shooting of Mr. Clemmons by Officer Lippert.
“The MNPD and TBI are still working on language for a Memorandum of Understanding for future investigations. I am confident that an agreement will be reached that will establish a process for a full and independent investigation by the TBI into officer-involved actions that result in the death of another person. While we all agree that the MNPD is fully capable of conducting a thorough and fair investigation into an officer-involved shooting, an independent investigation is important for maintaining the public’s trust and confidence in the result.
“I will continue working with Chief Anderson and General Funk to ensure an MOU is established for any future officer-involved shootings resulting in a death, while also hoping there is not a situation in which it would be needed.”
A spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says its investigation is still active and ongoing.
The TBI took over from MNPD, which was conducting the inquiry internally, nearly a week after the shooting in February.