TBI investigating Cleveland fatal shooting
CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF)- “It’s probably one of the worst parts of our job,” said Sgt. Evie West.
Just after 9:00 A.M. Thursday, Cleveland Police Department responded to a mental disturbance call on the 700 block of Springhill Drive.
“That the subject in question was armed with a firearm. So, when officers responded they were very careful. They knew kind of the threats that they were looking at. What they did encounter was a male walking towards them with a long gun,” said West.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Lloyd Grant McClung Jr. was the male shot and eventually died. She says officers shot after McClung ignored police commands to drop his gun as he continued to walk towards officers.
“He actually pulled the trigger and a round came out and said the officers continued to request that the male dropped the weapon and he failed to comply with those requests. Two of our officers then shot the man with the department-issued firearm,” said West.
“As for the three Cleveland police officers, they are on paid administrative leave which she says is routine given the situation. She also went on to say this is the hardest part of being an officer,” said Armstrong.
It is not something that anybody wants to do. It’s something that sometimes is necessary to save the lives of innocent lives other people around us. When you have somebody firing rounds and walking towards you you’re not really sure about what you’re going to do so in order to save a life of somebody else or yourself you have to take these matters into your hands,” said West.
Cleveland Police Department said the three officers were uninjured but no other information on the officers is available at this time.