Knox DA Determines Officer-Involved Shooting Justified

The Knox County District Attorney's Office says that the Knoxville Police officer who fatally shot a 23-year-old woman armed with a knife in November has been deemed justified in his actions, Knoxnews reports. Witnesses told investigators that Sierra McCauley had stripped naked, doused herself in lighter fluid and cut herself and another person with a combat knife before the Nov. 26 shooting in South Knoxville. "In front of multiple witnesses, the subject raised the knife and charged at Officer Gadd, and he discharged his firearm once in her abdomen (which lodged in her spine) causing her death," the memo continues. District Attorney General Charme Allen determined the shooting was justified as self-defense, and the investigation should be closed as a justifiable homicide.

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