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JCPD: Officers won't be ID'd until shooting investigation complete

Jonathan Roberts • Updated Jul 1, 2020 at 5:37 PM

A spokesperson for the Johnson City police said the department will not identify the officers involved in Tuesday night’s fatal police shooting until the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation completes its investigation into the incident.

Shortly before 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Johnson City police were dispatched to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 900 block of McArthur Street, where they encountered an intoxicated man reportedly holding a gun in the street.

According to TBI spokeswoman Leslie Earhardt, officers asked the man, identified as 62-year-old Kevin Lee Catlett, to drop his weapon. Catlett refused and eventually pointed the weapon at police, who then shot and killed him. Earhardt, when asked Tuesday night, said she could not confirm if a gun was recovered at the scene.

Catlett — who, contrary to some rumors in the community, was white — was pronounced dead at the scene; no officers were injured in the encounter. The other person involved in the domestic incident was reportedly OK.

A neighbor at the scene told the Press that she was opening her sliding glass door to let her dogs out around 6:50 p.m. when she heard a woman screaming. Soon after that, she said she heard three gunshots in quick succession.

Earhardt could not confirm how many shots were fired, but a statement from the TBI said only one officer fired shots at Catlett.

“At some point during the encounter, the man reportedly pointed the gun at officers resulting in one officer firing shots, striking him,” the statement said.

Though Johnson City officers do not wear body cameras, Earhardt said Wednesday that the TBI could not confirm if any video was captured, either from a police dash camera or another source.

“I can tell you that as part of our casework, agents will determine whether video evidence exists that is relevant to this investigation,” Earhardt said via email. “As this is an ongoing investigation, the information included in our statement is the extent of what we offer at this time.”

The TBI, which was called in to investigate at the request of 1st Judicial District Attorney General Ken Baldwin, was continuing to investigate Wednesday afternoon.

Reported earlier: 

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday released the name of a man shot and killed by Johnson City police in the Pine Grove area the night before.

In a news release, the TBI identified the deceased as Kevin Lee Catlett, 62.

Reported earlier:

Johnson City police shot and killed a man Tuesday in the Pine Grove area of east Johnson City as they responded to a domestic disturbance, a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman said.

The TBI said the shooting occurred in the 900 block of McArthur Street after police received a report of an intoxicated man at a home just before 7 p.m. TBI spokeswoman Leslie Earhardt said police encountered a man with a gun in the street and instructed him to put the gun down. He then pointed the gun at them, and one officer fired, striking and killing the man.

No police were injured in the incident. Earhardt said the other person involved in the domestic situation was OK.

The deceased man was not identified, but Earhardt said he was born in 1958.

Earhardt did not confirm whether a gun was found at the scene.

A neighbor said she was opening her sliding glass door to let her dogs out when she heard a woman screaming. Soon after that, she heard three gunshots in rapid succession.

TBI investigated at the request of 1st Judicial District Attorney General Ken Baldwin.

The TBI was continuing to investigate. Earhardt expected to release more information on Wednesday.

“As in any case, TBI’s investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General throughout the process for his consideration and review,” the TBI said in a news release. “As is our policy, the TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions of that nature to their respective department.”

Reported earlier:

Police were involved in a shooting Tuesday in the Pine Grove area of east Johnson City, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed on Twitter.

The TBI said the shooting occurred in the 900 block of McArthur Street, and agents were there to investigate.

No further details were available. A Johnson City Press reporter is on the scene. Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for details as they are made available.