Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster said Tuesday that his department will review the incident internally, once all of the evidence is available. Ballistics and autopsy results are not complete yet, he said.
Plants and Rutherford could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Webster said he was open to releasing details from the internal review to the public.
"We would be open to maybe going over the information but as to releasing the report as a whole, I don't know," he said.
Shane said in situations where one officer has accidentally killed another, the head of a department is likely concerned that releasing information calls into question the tactical procedures used by officers on the scene.
"And he doesn't want to have to face that and potentially have to defend that the officers were poorly positioned, that they shouldn't have been out of the car, that they put themselves at a tactical disadvantage and then the only recourse is to fire," he said.
According to the Charleston Police Department's policy manual, officers are allowed to use deadly force "in defense of him/herself or others from an objectively reasonable belief of an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury."
The manual says deadly force is also authorized in "preventing the escape of a fleeing felon whom the officer has an objectively reasonable belief poses an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others."
According to the sequence of events so far provided by the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, at about 1:05 a.m. on Sept. 13, Good pulled into a gravel road on Quick Road, followed by Jones. Another police vehicle pulled in front of Good, who rammed the front of his truck into that vehicle and continued spinning his wheels.
A third police vehicle pulled up in front of Good, preventing him from continuing to push forward. The officer in the second vehicle got out, between the two police vehicles in front of Good.
Soon after, police fired about 16 shots at Good, striking him seven times. One shot hit and killed Jones, according to police.
Webster said he knows that all the information from the sheriff's department's investigation will be released eventually. He said he's confident no one will find fault with the tactics used by his officers.
"No one is trying to diminish the heroism of the officer that was killed or the rest of the team members that risked there life," Shane said. "What is called into question is the tactical decision. ... What's clear cut is that tactics eventually translate into actions out on the street."
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