BPD officer cleared in shooting

Barbourville Police Officer Adam Townsley has been cleared six months after he was involved in a high-speed chase and shooting while on the job.

On Friday, January 26, the Knox County Grand Jury was presented evidence collected by Kentucky State Police surrounding the events that led to the shooting of Brandon Moses.

“The Knox County Grand Jury, having heard all the evidence, and being individually mindful of our oaths and responsibilities as Grand Jurors, do not find sufficient evidence of criminal responsibility regarding the events that resulted in the shooting of Brandon Moses,” reads the report of the Grand Jury.

Commonwealth Attorney Jackie Steele confirmed that Kentucky State Police were called to the scene after the shooting and conducted a thorough investigation. All evidence from that investigation was presented to the Knox County Grand Jury.

The officer-involved shooting occurred on July 22, 2017 after the Barbourville Police Department engaged in a high-speed pursuit of a silver Ford Mustang driven by Brandon Moses, 29, of Bledsoe, Ky. After parking his car at Buchanan’s Florist next to Rite-Aid in Barbourville, Moses “started walking toward officers with one hand behind his back,” said Shane Jacobs, Kentucky State Police Post 10 Public Affair’s Officer, in a press release. “According to officers and witnesses the individual was told several times to show both his hands. The individual continued to walk toward officers threatening to kill both of them. One of the Barbourville police officers (Adam Townsley) fired his service weapon striking the individual.”

Moses was taken to Barbourville ARH Hospital and then flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

Townsley was placed on routine administrative leave following the incident, which is standard protocol.