A 20-year-old man from Hollister was fatally wounded last night (11-4-10) after lunging at a Taney County Sheriff's deputy with a knife.

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.
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Russell says investigators with the Missouri State Highway Patrol have been called in to aid in the investigation.

UPDATE 02-21-10:

Taney County prosecutor Jeff Merrell says Deputies Sam Turner and Michael Jessup were justified in shooting Charles "Jordan" Caughlan on November 4, 2010.
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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.
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Sheriff Russell say Turner and Jessup were placed on administrative leave, which is common following such incidents, for about a week.
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More details are expected to be releases with the official incident report.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

ya i'd like to know how a knife could be considered a shoot to kill? why wasn't he just shot in the leg to stop him,, to kill him?? Lame redneck cops!

Anonymous said...

rednecks, dumbass rednecks with guns!

Anonymous said...

Just so everyone is aware, it is protocol for one officer to pull a taser, and the other to pull his gun. Should the taser fail, the other officer is to use his weapon. And I don't know if you have ever had the misfortune of having to pull a gun or use it, but a "leg" shot only happens in movies. Officers are trained to shoot center mass, or center of the body. And also, I don't know if you have ever seen the damage a knife can do, but it is more than enough to authorize deadly force.

And another thing: People always say "Fuck the cops", but are the first to call when something bad happens to them. So I would be less judgemental.

Anonymous said...

Nothing is more irritating than a justified shooting by an officer and uninformed, uneducated, people have to run their mouths about how the officer should have done his or her job differently. You two fools strap on a gun, go out and deal with the public and I'll watch you wet your pants the first time some drugged up psycho lungs at YOU with a knife, guarantee you'd shoot him too. My husband risks his life everyday and gets nothing but disrespect for it. Learn some respect.

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