NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro Officer Josh Lippert, who shot and killed Jocques Clemmons in 2017, is resigning from the department, Metro confirmed.
The shooting happened at the Cayce Homes public housing development at South Sixth Street and Summer Place in February 2017.
Officials said Officer Lippert was in an unmarked car when he pulled over Clemmons for running a stop sign.
Police said Clemmons then ran through the parking lot while appearing to hold something in his waistband. Officer Lippert was able to catch him, but as he tried to arrest Clemmons, they reportedly had another physical altercation.
According to Metro police, Clemmons was armed with a fully loaded .357 magnum pistol at the time.
Police believed Officer Lippert was in imminent danger and fired at Clemmons three times as he was turning to move between two parked cars. Clemmons was reportedly hit in the back.
The District Attorney cleared Officer Lippert after the shooting and he was never charged.
In a Facebook group call ‘Justice for Jocques,’ Clemmons’ mother posted her reaction to Lippert’s resignation saying, “I never gave up on praying and having faith that one day you would answer the 1 prayer I pray for and that’s to remove officer Joshua Lippert as an MNPD employee.”
The seven year veteran’s last day with the department will be October 25.
It is unclear why the officer is resigning.
Clemmons’ mother, Sheila Clemmons Lee, released a statement on Lippert’s resignation through the Justice for Jocques Coalition, which reads:
Thank you LORD, I know you work in your own time and even though my son didn’t get the JUSTICE I thought he deserved, I feel you used his death as a sacrifice for change in this city. I never gave up on praying and having faith that one day you would answer the 1 prayer I pray for and that’s to remove officer Joshua Lippert as an MNPD employee so he can’t murder another person on these Nashville streets as a police officerSheila Clemmons Lee