Grand jury clears officer who shot fleeing driver in pickup

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Posted: Apr 15, 2016 6:05 PM

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee 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 (http://bit.ly/1ShRZUW) a Loudon County grand jury cleared Lenoir City 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 is also white.

Questions 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.

An attorney representing Grubb's family issued a statement disputing the grand jury's findings.

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