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Man will be arraigned on multiple charges in officer-involved shooting

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An Adamsville man will be arraigned Tuesday morning on multiple charges in an officer-involved shooting at a convenience store Sunday morning, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department.

Police said 37-year-old Jeffrey Blevins, who was in custody in Madison County Jail Monday, is facing multiple charges in the incident. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Jackson City Court, via video link, at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The release said Blevins is facing the following charges: reckless endangerment (a Class A misdemeanor), driving under the influence, felony evading arrest by motor vehicle and resisting arrest. Blevins is also facing a possession of drug paraphernalia charge after a pipe used to smoke narcotics was found in his pants pocket.

Jackson police officers received a call from Snappy Mart, located at 2016 S. Highland Ave. shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday. An employee told police that a man was acting suspiciously on the parking lot. This was the second call about the man, who had been inside the store and had been parked at one of the store’s gas pumps for hours.

The release said officers arrived and spoke with the man, who was identified as Blevins. Blevins was sitting in the driver's seat of a Ford Fusion and was the only person inside. One of the officers, who suspected that Blevins was under the influence of a controlled substance, talked with Blevins at the driver's side window.

The officer tried to get Blevins to get out of the car, but Blevins stepped down on the accelerator while the officer was standing near the front of Ford Fusion. The officer pulled his service weapon and fired a shot at least one time, striking the car.

The release said Blevins drove away and led police officers on a pursuit. He eventually crashed at the dead end of S. Dixie Lane and was taken into custody. He was transported to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital by officers to be checked out. Once Blevins was medically cleared from the hospital, he was taken to jail.

JPD's Criminal Investigation Division is conducting a separate shooting investigation, the release said, to ensure that the shooting was in compliance with the law and departmental policy. The officers involved, whose names are being withheld pending the outcome of the investigation, have been placed on routine, paid administrative leave.

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