Deputies on administrative leave following deadly Arlington shooting

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ARLINGTON, Tenn. — Two Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies are on administrative leave following a deadly shooting in Arlington over the weekend.

WREG’s Michael Quander has confirmed neither of the deputies involved were wearing body cameras when they shot and killed 48-year-old Jimmy Lawson.

Deputies said he threatened them with a knife following a domestic incident inside the Lawson home.

A spokesperson for the Lawson family released a statement saying, “The Lawson family request that their privacy be respected during this time of tragedy and profound loss. There will be no further statements from the family at this time. We respect the legal process and await the results of the TBI and local law enforcement investigations.”

Lawson had a history of domestic assault charges and was a registered sex offender.

The domestic disturbance on Saturday was the third one this year. Each time, Lawson had to be pepper sprayed after becoming violent.

It’s still unclear whether the deputies in Saturday night’s deadly shooting were wearing body cameras, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says it won’t release their names until the investigation is complete.

When the TBI finishes its investigation of the shooting, it will turn over the findings to the district attorney general.


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