Independent Autopsy Supports Nashville Police Account Of Jocques Clemmons Shooting

Mar 30, 2017

The Davidson County Medical Examiner has released the autopsy report for Jocques Clemmons, the man who was fatally shot by a Metro Police officer in the Cayce Homes last month. It confirms that Clemmons was shot twice in the back, and once in the hip.

The autopsy firmly establishes that Clemmons died from multiple gunshot wounds. The manner of which was ruled a homicide — a term with no criminal implications when it comes from a medical examiner.

Surveillance video showed Clemmons getting out of an SUV, seeing a police officer who was approaching, and running away.  The officer caught up with Clemmons and slung him to the ground. That's when police say Clemmons dropped a gun, retrieved it and refused to drop the weapon.

According to the autopsy report, Clemmons was shot three, possibly four times, with two of those bullets entering though his middle and lower back, another in his left hip and a graze wound on the left side of his abdomen. The report concludes that the bullets entering Clemmon’s back got lodged in his chest and liver, respectively.

The toxicology report showed Clemmons had trace amounts of alcohol and marijuana in his system, but no other substances.

This is the summary page of the autopsy, conducted by the Davidson County medical examiner.

A spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says its investigation is still active and ongoing. The TBI took over from MNPD, which was conducting the inquiry internally, nearly a week after the shooting in February.