- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (AP) - A Lenoir City police officer who got into the bed of a pickup truck and shot and killed a fleeing driver has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1ShRZUW ) a Loudon County grand jury cleared Officer Tyrel Lorenz of four possible criminal charges stemming from the March 13 death of 30-year-old Joshua Grubb.

Lorenz, who is white, was responding to a report of an intoxicated driver when he approached Grubb parked beside a gas pump. Grubb, who is from Clinton, is also white.

Questions still remain about how the officer ended up in the bed of the pickup as it sped off and why he opted to shoot the driver nine times through the back window of the truck.

The grand jury issued an addendum to its report from the April 11-12 session that concludes that the officer fired the shots in “an attempt to stop Grubb as Lorenz was in fear for his life and the safety of others on Highway 321.”

A lawyer representing Grubb’s family issued a statement disputing the grand jury’s findings and said the rest of the story would come out.

“Officer Lorenz’s ‘cowboy cop’ attitude and actions cannot be condoned in a modern civilized free society, and his day of reckoning will come in a court of law sooner rather than later,” attorney T. Scott Jones said.

An autopsy showed that Grubb had alcohol and drugs in his system, including methamphetamine, morphine and valium.

Lorenz was taken off administrative leave and is now back working patrol.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com

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