KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Authorities have identified the 28 year-old man killed early Thursday morning shooting that involved two Knoxville Police officers.
Jason Pannell, who lived on 5th Ave. in Knoxville, was pronounced dead on the scene. Neither officer was injured; both have been placed on administrative leave with pay, standard procedure while an officer involved shooting is being investigated.
According to the Knoxville Police Dept., Officer Lynn Clemons, a 17 year veteran with the Knoxville Police Dept., responded to reports of a disturbance at the Magnolia Cafe, 2405 Magnolia Ave. around 1:00 a.m. He called for back up and the first to arrive was Officer Jason Kalmanek, who has been with KPD for two years.
Together, the officers tried to make contact with Jason Pannell, who was identified as the disorderly person, in an alley just north of the 2300 block of Magnolia Ave. As the officers approached, officials say, Pannell drew his weapon and fired. Clemons and Kalmanek returned fire, wounding Pannell.
While investigators were taking a closer look at the scene things got a bit rowdy.
Chief Rausch says "When officers were trying to keep the scene clean for the investigation we had some folks that had tried to get into the scene, one was very forceful and broke past officers and they had to take him into custody."
Chief David Rausch says Officer Clemons at times works security for Magnolia Cafe which had just closed before the shooting.