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City council approves CPD funding for shooting investigation technology

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Thomas Simmons has been having a difficult time since losing his son, 20-year-old Thomas Simmons II back in January.

“It’s really hard, especially when I got all of this stuff bottled up in me,” says Simmons.

His son was gunned down here on the 1300 block of Sheridan Avenue in what police say was a gang related shooting.

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“I never thought I would have to funeralize my son,” says Simmons.

Chattanooga police are still trying to find those responsible for Simmons' death.

Tuesday night, the Chattanooga City Council passed a resolution that would provide funds for the CPD to buy a ballistic information system for $228,055.

The technology would help police make connections between the gun and shell casings used in a crime.

Simmons hopes this technology will help police bring his son's killer or killers to justice.

“If it's taking the shell casings and getting prints or whatever, and finding out who done it, I’m all for it,” says Simmons.

Right now, the TBI process evidence for Chattanooga, and allows the police department to send in only 20-30 pieces, per year.

Chief Fletcher says having their own technology will help them put more cases to rest.

“We believe in technology. When I was hired and brought here one of the things I was asked to do was to find ways to leverage technology to make ourselves more efficient and effective and this is one of a myriad of technology we are pursuing,” says Simmons.

The system is currently being used nation-wide.

The resolution still has to pass a second reading next week.

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