Bradley County Standoff ends in Suspect’s Death
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) – One person is dead after a standoff situation in Bradley County late Monday morning.
According to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, a man walked into the Appalachian Animal Clinic to pick up his cat around 11:00 a.m. There was some type of disagreement, and the man became upset.
“He went back to his car. He brought in a shotgun and threatened to hurt people inside the Clinic,” Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson said.
Authorities say multiple employees ran out a back door once the man began to make threats. Both Bradley County Sheriff deputies along with Cleveland Police responded to the scene. Then even established communications with the man.
“On the telephone, he had expressed to the negotiator that he had lost his wife and another family member recently. He said it wasn’t worth to live anymore. He said he was going to kill someone and kill himself and if we were to come in he would shoot us.”
A neighbor who lives close to the clinic says the situation had her on edge.
“If the man has a gun, what’s going to happen? Is he going to pull the trigger,” Toni Ford said.
“Is he going to blow up the animal clinic? Is anything going to happen? It’s just a scary thought to me.”
At 12:17, deputies say something did happen.
“We heard a shot fire. We were not sure if he had taken his own life or just shot through the wall. ”
That shot prompted authorities to bring in more backup including this armored vehicle.
Video from that robot quickly gave deputies the answer to their question.
“We determined the threat was neutralized by himself.”
The gunman took his own life before family members could talk him into surrendering.
Representatives with the Bradley County Sheriff’s office and the Appalachian Animal Clinic informed News 12 that no shots fired by either Bradley County or Cleveland officers in this incident, no employees or pets were harmed.
The Appalachian Animal Clinic will be closed Wednesday.