Clarksville TN April 29 2017 One of several bail bond agents involved in a fatal shooting called 911 early Sunday morning and reported that men in a black Nissan “shot at him” and ran over another agent’s feet before he returned gunfire.
Numerous 911 calls were made during the confrontation that began in the parking lot of a Walmart Neighborhood Market on Whitfield Road and a chase that ended with two men shot inside a car on Fort Campbell Boulevard.
Jalen Johnson, a 24-year-old father of three young children, was killed by the gunfire. He was a passenger in the Nissan, and the driver, who also called 911 to report he had been shot in the neck, was injured but survived.
Clarksville Police met with the District Attorney’s Office and announced Tuesday that evidence gathered in the case so far will be presented to a Montgomery County grand jury May 1 to determine whether anyone should be charged in the fatal shooting.
Police have said that bail bond agents believed there was a suspect in the Nissan with an outstanding warrant. But they have not said if any of the four occupants of the car had warrants or weapons. They also have not said who fired the shots that killed Johnson and injured the driver. The case remains under investigation.
A Leaf-Chronicle review of what callers reported to 911 sheds some light on what might have taken place, and what witnesses initially reported to police.
The first call at 12:36 a.m. was reported as a hit-and-run with injuries in the Walmart parking lot. The complainant said a vehicle, described as a black Nissan Altima, ran over a pedestrian, and the complainant followed.
Another caller at the same time, apparently the driver of the Nissan, reported “his neck is burning, he thinks he was shot.”
He reported he was driving to a Fort Campbell hospital and did not know if the shooter was following him.
Another caller told dispatchers she was at a Redbox when she heard someone shooting and saw someone with a gun get in a black truck and chase another car.
Another bail bondsman called 911, and dispatchers could hear a male voice yelling “get your hands up” before the call ended. Dispatchers called back and could hear several people yelling and someone crying.
At 12:37 a.m., someone called 911 and said he heard what sounded like a wreck followed by eight to 10 gunshots, but didn’t see what happened.
Police found no vehicles at the Walmart, but there were shell casings, and the scene was closed down.
At 12:43 a.m., 911 received a call of a “shooting in progress” at Lee’s Lounge on Fort Campbell Boulevard.
The complainant told dispatchers two men in a black Nissan Altima were shot on Fort Campbell Boulevard and reported a gray Ford Explorer was also involved.
An ambulance and police arrived and found one man with a neck abrasion and the other with “life-threatening” injuries.
Police detained three men, and one was taken to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital with CPR underway.
Meanwhile, calls continued to come in reporting the earlier gunfire. One complainant said he heard 15 to 20 shots.
Finally, at 1:04 a.m., dispatchers logged a call of a “shooting (which) already occurred,” and the complainant told a dispatcher he was one of the bail bondsmen.
He said “a black Maxima shot at him,” and he returned fire. He also said one of the men with him had his foot run over in the parking lot, but he did not need a medic.
Police have not said if the vehicle Johnson was in was a Maxima or an Altima but described it as a Nissan.
The bail bondsman reported he was at Keesee Bonding Co. in a dark cherry Dodge Ram. He said two other bondsmen with him left the parking lot in pursuit of the Nissan in two vehicles and then said a fourth vehicle also chased the Nissan.
While on the 911 call, he left and went to Eagle Bonding and said he would be standing there waiting for an officer. At that time he did not know where the other bondsmen were, he told dispatchers.
Attempts to reach representatives of Keesee and Eagle were not successful Wednesday.
A search of records did not turn up any warrants for Johnson, and police have not released the names of the other men in the Nissan or of the bail bondsmen.
Johnson's family has said he had no warrants, no one in the vehicle was armed and the bond agents were looking for someone who was not in the vehicle.