Former SPPD officer indicted on assault charges


Stemming from evidence  from a TBI and Marion County Sheriff’s Office investigation, a grand jury indicted a former police officer for assault, aggravated assault, and official misconduct. The incident in question took place in October of 2017. A video showing what appeared to be then South Pittsburg Police Officer Josh Chance striking a man laying on the ground in handcuffs. Since the incident, Chance had already resigned from the South Pittsburg Police Department.

On October 7, 2017, Chance was dispatched to an address on Jasper Road in South Pittsburg to look into what at least one caller had referred to gun shots. By the end of the incident, multiple law enforcement agencies were on the scene and Gary Michael King was on the ground in handcuffs on his way to being charges with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, disorderly conduct, discharging a firearm in the city, and resisting arrest with a deadly weapon. In a video which was widely publicized, Chance appears to lift his right leg to strike King while he was lying on the ground after finally being apprehended by multiple officers and placed in handcuffs.

Chance, though initially placed off duty because of an injury from the incident, was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. On January 16 of this year, Chance tendered his resignation to the City of South Pittsburg Police Department. Following the indictment, Chance surrendered to authorities at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, February 8, and was booked on charges from the indictment. Chance was booked on a $5000 bond.

South Pittsburg Mayor Virgil Holder said, “This is an investigation by the TBI and Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the I have faith in those agencies’ capabilities to investigate and report and I would direct you to those agencies for any further comment.”