Community members are speaking out after a Jackson police officer shot a man during a disturbance at a convenience store last night. Police say their investigation shows the man was armed, but some citizens have a different story.
Police identified the shooting victim as 47-year-old Connell Lindsey of Jackson.
Thursday night Connell was fatally shot by a J.P.D. officer after police were called to a disturbance at the store. Police say he was threatening the store owner with a knife, and was armed when he was shot.
Assistant Chief Lee Vance says the officer had directed the man twice to drop the knife, and shot him when he lunged at the store owner.
Jackson Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes says eyewitnesses to the shooting have given him a different account. He was told Connell was shot seconds after throwing the knife to the ground. Stokes says Connell is known by officers who patrol the area, and has never been a serious threat to anyone.
"We have a young man taken from us for no reason," says Stokes.
Police say the shooting appears to be justified. Assistant Chief Lee Vance says, "Preliminarily this appears to be a necessary shooting, we had a suspect wielding a deadly weapon that turned to attack the store owner."
Assistant Chief Vance says the veteran officer has been put on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, which is standard procedure.
Stokes says he wants the store closed down because police are repeatedly called to that location for problems. He claims store owners harass customers, and that the owner was armed with a bat, which is why Connell Lindsey pulled out his knife in the first place.
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