Sheriff Jimmie Russell says Charles "Jordan" Caughlan's father called authorities about 6:15 p.m. for help because his son was out of control with a knife at the family's home at 131 Faithful Lane. As deputies were responding to the call, they found Jordan Caughlan walking on Faithful Lane with the knife.
|Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell|
Russell says two deputies attempted to get Caughlan to put the knife down, but he was uncooperative and threatened to kill the deputies. When one of the deputy's attempted to tase Caughlan he lunged at him with the knife and was shot in the chest by the deputy's partner.
Caughlan was pronounced dead at Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson.
Both deputies are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is a standard procedure after an officer involved shooting.
Russell says investigators with the Missouri State Highway Patrol have been called in to aid in the investigation.
Taney County prosecutor Jeff Merrell says Deputies Sam Turner and Michael Jessup were justified in shooting Charles "Jordan" Caughlan on November 4, 2010.
Turner and Jessup were dispatched to the home of Caughlan's father on Faithful Lane in Hollister about 6: 29 p.m. because Jordan Caughlan was out of control with a knife. As deputies were approaching the home, they found the tweinty year-old man walking along a road with a knife.
When they ordered him to put the weapon down he was uncooperative and threatened to kill the deputies. Turner attempted to tase Caughlan when he lunged at him with the knife and was shot in the chest by the Jessup.
Merrell says he came to the conclusion after reviewing an investigative report the Missouri Highway Patrol sent to his office last week.
Sheriff Russell say Turner and Jessup were placed on administrative leave, which is common following such incidents, for about a week.
More details are expected to be releases with the official incident report.