Records: Domestic conversations at home, where deputies shot man

ARLINGTON, Tenn. – Court records show officials had responded to the house of a man fatally shot by police officers in West Tennessee at least two times before for reports of domestic violence.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says two Shelby County sheriff’s deputies fatally shot 48-year-old Jimmy Lee Lawson of Arlington on Saturday night after he confronted them in his driveway and threatened them with a knife.

TBI spokeswoman Susan Niland said deputies were responding to a domestic call at the house.

The Commercial Appeal ( reports court records show deputies had been called to the home at least two times this year for the domestic problems and used pepper spray on one occasion, to subdue Lawson. During a call, Lawson’s wife said he was bipolar and off his medicine.

Lawson was white. The sheriff’s office has not yet released the names or races of the delegates, but both were placed on routine administrative leave.

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