The TBI is investigating after an officer involved shooting in Clinton. Authorities have identified the suspect as 51-year-old Jerry Weaver. Police got a call Tuesday night of a suicidal man with a firearm on West Broad Street. The standoff lasted about 20 minutes.
Officers were attempting to negotiate with Weaver, when he pointed the gun at them. Officers fired and Weaver was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The TBI says their investigation is still underway, but when it’s complete they’ll turn their findings over to the DA who will decide if charges will be filed.
The TBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Clinton from Tuesday night. A video circulating on social media shows a man with a gun walking toward police.
Officials say the standoff lasted 20 minutes on West Broad Street in Clinton. Police responded to a call of a suicidal man. In the video he can be seen pacing up and down the street. Although officials have not identified the man, neighbors say he was known to the community.
MEDIA: TBI Agents are at the scene of an officer-involved shooting that occurred in the 600 block of W. Broad Street in Clinton. We will provide additional details when possible. pic.twitter.com/4FulxzTPTv
— TBI (@TBInvestigation) August 13, 2019
Officers tried to deescalate the situation and convince the man to drop the weapon. At some point during the exchange, the man reportedly pointed the gun at officers, resulting in the officers firing their service weapons, striking him. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“This is a horrible incident. We all regret that,” District Attorney Dave Clark says,”The public doesn’t want to see that. Law enforcement doesn’t want to see that. But, when 911 calls come in, these are the folks that have to respond and deal with those situations and unfortunately tonight that resulted in a fatality.”
Clark says an autopsy will be performed Wednesday. The TBI is leading the investigation.