The following press release has been issued by Clay County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Davis said at approximately 10:00 AM on Sunday October 16, 2016, Clay County deputies were dispatched to a report of domestic violence on Fires Creek Road. While in route to the scene, deputies were advised that the male subject involved was threatening harm to himself and law enforcement if they arrived at the house. He then discharged a high-powered rifle outside the residence and proceeded to walk into the wooded area across from the house.
Clay County Deputies and the North Carolina Highway Patrol closed a portion of Fires Creek Road in an attempt to contain the male subject. Neighbors in the area were notified through the use of a “Code Red” as to what was going on; also to lock their doors, and be on the lookout for the male subject. Sheriff Davis also requested assistance from Cherokee Tribal Police Swat Team for manpower and the use of their armored vehicle.
Around 2:00 PM, the male subject called his wife and told her he would be returning home unarmed. A short time later he arrived at the house and was taken into custody without incident. The male subject was not armed at the time he was taken into custody but told law enforcement officers where the rifle was located and it was secured safely.
Sheriff Davis said the male subject was taken for an Involuntary Commitment and his name would not be released due to the commitment, unless criminal charges were obtained.
Sheriff Davis is extremely grateful this situation concluded without injury to anyone involved. He is also thankful to the off duty deputies that responded to help with the situation, and to the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Cherokee Tribal Police for their assistance. Sheriff Davis said he was happy to see so much help without any hesitation. He said this easily could have turned into an extremely dangerous situation and he was glad to see so many willing to come stand at our side.
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