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The Chattanooga Police Department's Communications Office issued a press release on Saturday, June 16, 2018 regarding a non-fatal shooting where a suspect was arrested. The accuracy of that release was publicly called into question by Attorney Lee Davis who represents the suspect, Jeff Styles. The CPD Communications Office is reissuing the official press release distributed via email on Saturday by our office which does not include the information that Mr. Davis and his client allege.

In the release issued by Mr. Davis on Sunday, June 17, 2018 it states, "While being interviewed by police at the hospital, Styles never said that he “blacked out” before, during,or after this incident. Styles “attributes this error to an interview conducted while he was being administered morphine for his gun shot wound. The Chattanooga Police Department public information officer who released that statement was mistaken.”

CPD has reached out to Mr. Davis to request a copy of any document he may have mistaken to have come from the CPD Communications/Public Information Office. The CPD Communications Office has issued only one release on this incident involving Mr. Styles and that release is reissued below.

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On 6/16/2018 at 7:27 p.m. officers responded to a disorder with weapon in the 400 block of Tunnel Blvd.

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CHATTANOOGA, TN - The Chattanooga Police Department is conducting an internal investigation into an allegation of criminal sexual conduct involving an officer in CPD's Neighborhood Policing Bureau.

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On 6/15/18 at approximately 1627 hours, Chattanooga Police were dispatched to a person shot at 5800 Hwy 153.

  • Upon arrival, police found a male party suffering from a gunshot to his arm.
  • The party was transported to a local hospital by Hamilton County EMS.
  • Investigators identified the party shot as Jeffery Styles.
  • Investigators were able to determine that there was a confrontation between Jeffery Styles and a second male party prior to the shooting.
  • Investigators determined Jeffery Styles had approached the other male party's vehicle with a tomahawk style weapon and struck the front windshield of the vehicle before the driver fired a single round which struck the male party in the right arm.
  • The driver then left the scene.
  • Police were notified a short time later the shooting suspect had called 911 Dispatch requesting to meet officers at a different location where they made contact with Nickolas Bullington.
  • Investigators obtained warrants for Jeffery Styles for the offenses of Aggravated Assault and Vandalism.
  • Jeffery Styles was subsequently arrested on 6/16/2018.
  • Members of the Violent Crime Bureau are actively investigating this incident.

Suspect:

Jeffery Styles (male, DOB 9/22/1960)

Victim:

Nickolas Bullington (male, 35)

Chattanooga Police Department Organized Crime/Vice Investigators arrest three women on prostitution charges following an undercover investigation that was prompted by complaints from community members.

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Chattanooga Police Department
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