VIDEO: Burglar's Family Demands Justice After He's Shot While Driving At Cops

Jacksonville Police Officer Logan Kulesa and Officer Shawn Jones were justified in using deadly force, the chief said.

Jacksonville, AR – Two Jacksonville police officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the officer-involved shooting death of a burglary suspect who drove at them in a stolen pickup in June (video below).

The incident began at approximately 11:15 p.m. on June 13, when two members of the Crain Ford dealership’s cleaning crew heard someone breaking into the business, Jacksonville Police Chief John Franklin told reporters during a press conference on Tuesday.

The employees spotted the suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Tramon Savage, as he forced his way into the showroom area.

One of the employees fled the business on foot, and went to a nearby gas station to have the clerk alert police.

The second employee hid in a closet at the dealership.

Jacksonville Police Officer Logan Kulesa happened to be patrolling the area at the time, so the employee that ran from the scene went and flagged him down, Chief Franklin said.

Officer Kulesa immediately radioed for backup, and police converged on the scene.

The officers looked through the business’ windows, and saw Savage turning on vehicle lights inside the service area of the building.

Officer Kulesa and Officer Shawn Jones separated from the rest of the officers and went around to the rear portion of the building, where they observed a large service bay door rising, Chief Franklin said.

The officers entered the service area with their duty weapons drawn, and spotted Savage “seated behind the [wheel] of an oversized F-250 pickup truck” with dark-tinted windows, the chief explained.

Bodycam footage showed the officers as they announced themselves and ordered Savage to show his hands.

The suspect ignored their repeated commands to stop, and instead drove the large pickup forward in the direction of Officer Jones.

“Officer Shawn Jones was on the driver’s side of the vehicle, and he noted that he couldn’t see Officer Kulesa,” the chief said. “The vehicle was very large, he couldn’t see over the hood to see where Officer Kulesa was, [and] he felt the tires of the vehicle were going right in the direction he last saw Officer Kulesa.”

Fearing for his partner’s safety, Officer Jones fired multiple rounds into the pickup truck.

“Officer Kulesa at this point also could not see Officer Shawn Jones on the driver’s side of the vehicle” from his position on the passenger side, Chief Franklin said.

“He feared for Officer Jones’ safety, and by him hearing the gunshots, he wasn’t sure who was doing the shooting,” the chief noted.

Officer Kulesa could see Savage bent over the steering wheel through the dark-tinted glass, and was concerned he might have been holding a weapon or reaching for a weapon.

“At that point, Officer Kulesa began to fire into the vehicle also,” Chief Franklin said.

The pickup accelerated rapidly and turned towards the open bay door, but crashed into a wall a moment later, bodycam footage showed.

The officers ordered Savage to show his hands, and approached the pickup from opposite sides.

When Officer Kulesa opened the passenger side door, Savage had his hands placed on the dash, the video showed.

Blood was spurting from an apparent gunshot wound by his right shoulder blade.

Officer Kulesa radioed for an ambulance as he and Officer Jones extracted Savage from the vehicle and began rendering aid.

Savage was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Chief Franklin said.

Investigators did not locate any weapons on him or inside the vehicle he attempted to steal.

The criminal and internal investigations into the officer-involved shooting have been completed, and the findings were turned over to the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office for further review, the chief told reporters.

Chief Franklin said that the officers’ use of deadly force was justified, and that they fired to defend themselves and each other.

“It’s tragic any time we lose a life out here in the investigation of a burglary or theft of an auto,” the chief said. “But, basically, under the circumstances, fearing for their life, fearing for each other’s lives, they fired in self-defense of each other, and at that point, I can’t rule it as anything else but justifiable, considering their mindset at the time it occurred.”

Officer Kulesa and Officer Jones have both been with the department for slightly less than three years.

They have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, as per protocol.

Chief Franklin said that the department had several contacts with Savage during the three-week period prior to the officer-involved shooting, and that he had passed a “hand-drawn $5 bill” at a nearby convenience store shortly before breaking into the dealership.

Kymara Hill-Seals, a spokesperson for Savage’s family, said that the officers should have done more to try to de-escalate the situation prior to opening fire, KTHV reported.

“The big thing: there was no de-escalation at the scene,” Hill-Seals declared. “There should’ve been de-escalation with Tramon and the police officers. And it looks like, apparently, they just wanted to shoot, shoot, shoot, reload, and shoot more. That’s troubling.”

Hills-Seals said that the family wants to see the officers criminally charged.

“We want charges pressed. We want justice for Tramon. We demand justice. We’re gonna do our part, we’re gonna stay on top of this,” Hills-Seals added. “Hopefully, for the next people, no other family will have to go through this. It’ll be too late for Tramon, we know, too late for Tramon, but going forward, we don’t want to see this happen to another person. At all.”

You can watch footage of the officers’ encounter with Savage in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content

Comments (83)
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NealZ
NealZ

nice job

NealZ
NealZ

damn now they gotta waste an ambulance

Bob H
Bob H

So maybe the family can explain how to de-escalate the situation when someone is driving a 3/4 ton oversize truck at you.

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp

Tragic these people lost their family member but only Tramon Savage is responsible for his death. His family wants answers? Tramon was broke into a business, stole a truck, failed to comply and threatened police officers and it cost him his life, stupid kid.

Robk
Robk

Here's a crazy revoltionary idea..... Don't do criminal shit. Pretty simple really, play stupid fucking games and you win stupid fucking prizes....

Hawkeye48
Hawkeye48

Do stupid shit...die in a stupid way! Asshole got what he deserved...screw the family! If anything, they're complicit by condoning his lawless lifestyle!

Pack
Pack

Couldn’t care less that the guy got shot, but he wasn’t trying to run anyone over. Shoot him for trying to flee from the police but he was obviously turning away from the officers.

jep410
jep410

Bad choice on Tramons' part,good job for LEO's , Thank you......

sgerrels
sgerrels

The lawyer for the family is right. None of us want other families to go through this. That's why we teach our kids not to steal, and to obey authorities.

Julsydan
Julsydan

I just hope that Chief Franklin stands behind the officers and doesn’t cave to pressure from the family. It always happens that the family pressures the Prosecutor’s office and then the Chief of Police gets pressured and the officers get fired with charges filed against them. Only liberals can get away with committing a felony, threatening the lives of police and get killed in process and his family be rewarded for it! Only in America. Smh.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

He got justice alright. Good and dead. Freakin' black criminals are off the hook, hundreds of videos every week!

Mirwin8069
Mirwin8069

We want justice , we want charges pressed, we demand justice ! The didn’t try and deescalate the situation! WTF, it has gotten so bad now, people want cops fired for doing their jobs, anytime something goes wrong there’s someone who wants to file a law suit. How bout you teach your children right from wrong and consequences when they do wrong, teach them respect, teach them crime doesn’t pay , ok off my soapbox

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

You know what? I think the family is right, and justice needs to be done that resulted from this situation.

The family should be forced to pay for all expenses related to the crime, including the salaries of all the investigators who had to spend taxpayer dollars to investigate this crime.

the suspects parents should be charged with poor parenting, as they raised this person to believe that committing crime was acceptable.

and the spokesman for the family needs to provide a formal and public apology for putting the to officers thought hell because of the criminal actions of the deceased.

Like I said, the family's demand for justice is warranted; let those responsible be held accountable

AndyD1134
AndyD1134

How can you possibly ask for a dime? Nobody forced this dumb ass to break into a business. Nobody forced this dumbass to disobey police commands. Nobody forced this dumb ass to hit the gas instead of getting on the ground. But when dumb ass made the decision to try to get away, he was taken care of like a dumb ass should be. My 27 year old brother died from being shot by cops. Nobody forced him to rob a bank and nobody forced him to shoot at police. But he forced them to shoot back. My family didn't think about using police for doing their job. Of course, my family isnt always looking for a free handout either. Must be a cultural thing. Like it says in other comments up top, "You play stupid fucking games, you win stupid fucking prizes"

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

22-year-old Tramon Savage. Another NPN. I know, I sound like a broken record.

KCN
KCN

Sounds to me like he got justice.

marlenel
marlenel

Seems to me that he already received justice, right there on the spot!

jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

If you want a big shiny new truck,get a JOB and buy one,you steal one,drive it at cops then that’s a weapon,you get shot,good job officers.

Texas-Bubba
Texas-Bubba

GOOD JOB GUYS

Texas-Bubba
Texas-Bubba

One Down 10 Billion To Go !!!

Beefstew
Beefstew

I was a cop at this same agency and these two officers were justified. The people trying to sue for free money yall are gonna starve as you should for trying to get anything free. This isnt a socialist country. Get a damn job you lazy people. I cant stand the lazy crack addicts of Jacksonville. I hope they all die off and stop sponging off my taxes

bigdawg19
bigdawg19

What do you mean the family demands JUSTICE ? Looked to me like some proper JUSTICE was served UP !

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Descalate? How! The guy had a weapon that weighs tons! Hell, what give a damned person the right to steal what very well may be, a guys work! Leaving him stranded! Hell, they used to hang horse thieves! Leaving people with out transportation could of been the owners last straw! Could of cost him everything! You blaming someone for this! Blame the thief! It's 100% his fault, and NO ONE ELSES!

Grog
Grog

Justice has all ready been served!

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

So the suspects family thinks that the officers should have deescalated the scene. The problem is the suspect broke into a business, was stealing a truck and when the officers were approaching him he came at them and they stopped the threat!! I’m sorry there love one got shot but he could have de-escalated the whole incident by getting a job and stop committing crimes!!

Sailor
Sailor

Suggest the family spend more time socializing all family members towards proper prosocial behavior. Significantly reduces the possibility of violent death.

Wish505
Wish505

I am continued to be amazed by the stupidity of some people. Following simple instructions from a LE is not that hard to understand. Good shoot.

javaguy746
javaguy746

Looks like justice was served. The ass hole got shot!!!!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Well, on the bright side I bet you can get a sweet deal on that pickup truck.

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Going for the ghetto lottery

artw44
artw44

New ticket for the ghetto lottery!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Apparently this family of asphalt lawyers aren't too clear on the meaning of "de-escalate". Impossible to do in this situation.

DC-TX
DC-TX

DE-ESCALATION ... the new buzzword. Definition: I can commit any act of violence towards police officers ... and I mean ANY ... and they have to accept it ... and be willing to die. Oh, and no amount of de-escalation will ever be enough, myself or my family will still try to sue them.

Skidoo
Skidoo

Here lies Tampon Savage: Rest in pieces

tkshields
tkshields

no lottery winners today

DC-TX
DC-TX

One of the comments mentioned that it did not appear young Tramon was trying to run over the officers, he was just trying to escape. I will actually agree with that. And I have read several other articles on this website with similar circumstances, where I really felt like the bad guy was just trying to get away, not run over the officers. But what I finally realized, IT DOESN'T MATTER. Whether running over an officer is the specific intent, or he is just trying to get away, and is willing to make them collateral damage, it just doesn't matter. Dead is dead.

DR226
DR226

Hills-Seals spokeperson for the Savages said the police shoud have deescalated this situation, how about the Savage deaccelerating and complying with the LEOs.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Did I miss something in the video? I thought when the officers told him to shut down the vehicle that was de-escalation. I also didn't see either of these officers tell him to drive nor did I see either of them press the gas pedal and move the very large truck forward. So how is this heir fault? The choices were all with Tramon and he chose stupid!

Lawman777
Lawman777

Instead of defending the criminal and attacking the police for doing their job why doesn't the inner-city community address the real problem, thuggery. Instead they want to play the blame game and refuse to address the moral issues. Even the clergy do this. (shame on those dead sepulchres) Up is down and down is up. Good is evil and evil is good. People need to reevaluate or no progress will ever be made. So go ahead and continue not to change, teach wholesomeness, hold the guilty responsible and your young men will continue to die in their sins. Recently saw a interview of a woman, sister to a young black man who was killed burglarizing a home. She condemned the homeowner for shooting her brother and said, "He should not have killed my brother. He was just trying to get a little spending money. Everybody is entitled to that."

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Another black family thinks they won the lottery because their thug got shot.

OldVet
OldVet

The officers did the right thing.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Bad shoot. Vehicle wasn't driving at either officer. Shots thru passenger side window. Given that this is 11th circuit, the civil suit could end up going all the way up to SCOTUS.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

The family is “demanding?” Fuck them. It’s not like we was walking down a street and the police just rolled up and then with no probable cause or reason, they shot him. Whomever is demanding anything are fucking idiots. And if course, another black man.... I can’t wait to hear all the excuses now. In my opinion, if the family want to see “charges pressed” and they will “do their part”, then they should shut their mouths and accept responsibility for what he has done and don’t worry about the officers doing their jobs any more than they had already done. They’re actually lucky he was shot by police and not an ordinary citizen. Police HAVE TO call for medical assistance even for the criminals..... a regular citizen, who knows, if they are protecting their own property, they may shoot even more round and shoot to kill, and not call medical right away. So it’s the lesser of 2 evils and just accept it. You have to pay if you want to play. Or better yet, get a job and don’t take other peoples shit.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Tramon got the justice he deserved you dumb asswipes. Stupid penis wrinkles never want to tske responsibility for their actions. Maybe if they told Tramon that its wrong to break into places, steal stuff and try snd run over police, but noooo thats too easy

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Oh, anf they didnt print his middle name, "the" Tramon The Savage

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Give me a f**king break you damn low IQ leaches!! You have no right to demand nothing!!! Your family member was a thug criminal!! You failed at raising him right!! Since you have so much interest in justice for Tampon and I know you are dreaming for your ghetto lottery. How about that dealership and that cleaning crew sue your asses for damages and PTSD!!! And let's start letting cops sue you savages also for all the slander and lies you put in the media!!! Let's turn the tables!!!

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

And, another breeder off the streets. Keep up the good work fellas.

Hannibal
Hannibal

One less oxygen thief.

Cops kid
Cops kid

I might be reaching here but... Wasn't Justice already served ? The p.o.s. is now at room temperature and the cops got a paid vacation for a job well done.

Cops kid
Cops kid

Your truck is fixed... But