Man killed in officer involved shooting identified

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.


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  • by Lovmycommunity on Sep 2, 2011 at 05:07 PM
    Do you want to know what I think is funny? How people start saying "he was such a great guy" and things of that nature when the fact is he was waiving a gun & shooting at officers. The picture of him is his mugshot so I would venture to say that he has had trouble with the law before. It's sad that two of our officers had to kills someone to protect themselves and others in that communtiy. My thought and prayers are to the officers and their families. I knew people would be on here throwing the race card around once I saw his picture. Ignorant people! Race had nothing to do with it! It doesn't matter if he was black, white, orange, purple, red, green, etc. IF he was a threat to the officers that had to take him out!
  • by Mark on Sep 2, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    The fact he was even walking the streets is a mystey. Robbing people at gun point, violation of probation, drugs.
  • by auntie Location: oak ridge on Sep 2, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    Thank you for your prayers Heather. My nephew was a very good man and I love him and always will!
  • by Kay Location: knoxville on Sep 2, 2011 at 03:12 AM
    My prayers are also with the family of the man killed! Anytime someone is killed it is sad! Jeff you don't know what really went on bc u were not there! So with that being said I'm going to also pray for the ignorant ppl that look down on black ppl n our community!
  • by Kay Location: knoxville on Sep 2, 2011 at 03:12 AM
    My prayers are also with the family of the man killed! Anytime someone is killed it is sad! Jeff you don't know what really went on bc u were not there! So with that being said I'm going to also pray for the ignorant ppl that look down on black ppl n our community!
  • by Kay Location: knoxville on Sep 2, 2011 at 03:12 AM
    My prayers are also with the family of the man killed! Anytime someone is killed it is sad! Jeff you don't know what really went on bc u were not there! So with that being said I'm going to also pray for the ignorant ppl that look down on black ppl n our community!
  • by T Location: knoxville on Sep 1, 2011 at 08:01 PM
    Thank You Heather, from Jasons family.
  • by Jeff Location: Knoxville on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:57 PM
    Maybe your thoughts should be with the officers who were forced to defend themselves using deadly force. Would you still be crying for this man had he killed a police officer?
  • by Heather Location: Knoxville on Sep 1, 2011 at 03:00 PM
    I am sorry for the loss of Jason. He was a good man and I am deeply saddened by this tragic event. My prayers are with his family.

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