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No charges for deputies who killed man wielding knife

Edmond Studdard (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office) Edmond Studdard (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
CORDOVA, TN (WMC) -

The two Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies who killed a man in Cordova last year will not face charges, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

Investigators said Edmond Otis Studdard was shot and killed on July 7, 2016, after threatening several deputies with a knife.

The incident started when Studdard's father refused to give him money. Studdard then drove his truck into his father's corvette. 

"I told him I didn't have the money, and he got mad," Studdard's father said.

Studdard then went into a nearby business and when he came out, he had cuts on his wrists. TBI agents believe Studdard used a razor to cause the injuries to himself.

When investigators arrived, they found Studdard -- covered in blood -- holding a knife in a threatening manner.

After refusing to drop the knife, Studdard was shot by two deputies.

 "When he is moving the knife around, his is saying, 'Just shoot me.' When he turns towards us, I heard the shots," one of the deputies told TBI agents.

Studdard died two months later of complications resulting from the gunshot wounds.

“Mr. Studdard clearly was a troubled man, and even the efforts of a specially trained Crisis Intervention Team deputy could not alleviate the danger he posed to both himself and the deputies,” Weirich said. “Sadly, there was no other alternative for the deputies when he advanced on them with the knife.”

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation handled the case. The case report contains photos, videos, 911 calls, and even interviews with witnesses. All the evidence led Weirich to decline to bring charges against the deputies.

To read the agency's full report and access their files, click here.

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