- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee man has pleaded not guilty to assault and weapons charges after authorities say he pulled a gun on state troopers, prompting them to shoot him.

The Kingsport Times-News (https://bit.ly/2lXgFs2 ) reports 39-year-old Richard D. Jenny of Johnson City entered the plea Monday to two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Authorities say Jenny pulled a weapon Jan. 12 after two Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers stopped a speeding vehicle in which he was riding. Troopers fired at Jenny and hit him. Jenny was hospitalized for an extended period.

A grand jury earlier this month concluded troopers did not use excessive force.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Leslie Earhart said Jenny is white. Authorities haven’t released the troopers’ races.


Information from: Kingsport Times-News, https://www.timesnews.net

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