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BREAKING NEWS: DA clears Portland Police officer who wounded fleeing suspect


BREAKING NEWS: DA clears Portland Police officer who wounded fleeing suspect

By CHRIS LADD

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has spent the past few months investigating an officer involved shooting that took place in Portland.

On Monday July 23, 18th District Attorney General Ray Whitley, reported that he had reviewed the TBI’s report, and concluded that the officer committed no criminal act and is closing the case.

“From the evidence and information gathered it is obvious that James Bartolotta committed no criminal act,” Whitley stated.

The shooting occurred on Thursday May 24, around 8 p.m. and according to Portland Police
Chief Anthony Heavner, the Portland Police Department had been notified of a pursuit involving
a Kentucky police agency. Officers with the Portland Police Department located the vehicle in question and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle was occupied by Mathew Warren, and his mother, Julie Warren, of Lebanon, Tennessee.

The Warrens did not stop, and instead attempted to flee, then were involved in a crash on Denning Ford Road, near Portland Lake Road. The driver, later identified as Mathew Warren, apparently attempted to further flee on foot. During the incident, Bartolotta fired his weapon, striking Mathew Warren.

Warren was transported to a Nashville hospital and was released from the hospital a few days later.

“I had asked the TBI to conduct an investigation in this matter,” Whitley said. “After reviewing the
evidence we conferred that he did what he was trained to do and used his best judgement in the
matter.”

Officer Bartolotta is expected to return from administrative leave in the next few weeks.

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