Mental disturbance call leads to 71-year-old Cleveland man’s shooting death
CLEVELAND, TN (WDEF) – Thursday morning, Cleveland police shot and killed an armed man on Springhill Drive after responding to a 911 call officials say his wife made. Three officers responded to what officials are calling a mental disturbance call.
“They pleaded with him to stop, to drop the weapon. He continued walking and at one point he actually fired a round. And they continued to give him commands to stop but he continued to ignore them and that is when the two officers discharged their department-issue firearm,” says Sergeant Evie West with the Cleveland Police Department.
But what exactly constitutes a mental disturbance call and how can police officers be prepared for what they’ll meet?
“It could be past medical history. It could be information about medicines that the caller is giving to dispatch. It could be a variety of different things,” says West.
“We can’t go into a situation and have all their medical history and things like that. We may have just a very short narrative on a computer screen that is given to us over radio and they have to make their decisions based on what they’re seeing at the time,” says Cleveland Police Chief Mark Gibson.
Officials identified the man as 71-year-old LLoyd Grant McClung, Junior. And police say he has no prior records.
“He is from what I understand an upstanding citizen in our community,” says West.
Had he survived, a local judge who presides over mental court, said a mental health defense are uncommon.
“There is a very rigid circumstance that you would have to go through in order to actually put that forward as a defense and I do not see that put forward a lot,” says Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom who presides over Mental Health Court.
All three officers are on administrative leave and the TBI and District Attorney’s office have taken over the investigation.