NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Joshua Lippert, the Metro Police Officer who shot and killed Jocques Clemmons, has submitted a letter of resignation, according to a department spokesperson.
Kristin Mumford, Public Affairs Officer for Metro Nashville Police Department, said Lippert's resignation is effective Oct. 25.
"When [the attorney] told me I just screamed out 'thank you Lord my prayers have been answered,'" said Sheila Clemmons Lee, the mother of Jocques Clemmons. "Officer Joshua Lippert won't ever get to hurt another Nashvillian as an employee of Metro Nashville Police.”
Lippert shot Clemmons on Feb. 10, 2017, following a traffic stop. Police say Clemmons ran from Officer Lippert, but dropped a gun during the process. Police say when Clemmons picked up the gun and tried to run away Lippert shot him.
"We continue to heal and move forward and be a part of the change,” said Clemmons Lee.
The death served as a critical moment for the creation of Nashville’s Community Oversight Board and heightened calls for police to wear body cameras.
In May 2017, District Attorney General Glenn Funk announced Lippert would not face criminal charges for the shooting. It resulted in a sit-in at the East Precinct that lasted more than eight weeks as family of Clemmons called for Lippert’s resignation.
Lippert was assigned to the records division after the shooting.
"It’s never over for us,” said Clemmons Lee. “It never will be over for us until the day we close our eyes."