Officers cleared in October shooting
Davidson County District Attorney Garry Frank has ruled the shooting of Scott William Muntz was justifiable. Four Thomasville police officers were placed on administrative leave with pay after the Oct. 15 shooting.
Officers Jamie McClanathan, Brandon Merrill, Derek Phillips, and Joshua Wolfe have returned to full duty after being cleared by both the District Attorney and an administrative review by the Thomasville Police Department. The department has taken steps to assist the officers dealing with the stress of being involved in a shooting.
The incident was investigated by the SBI. Officers Jamie McClanathan, Brandon Merrill, Derek Phillips and Joshua Wolfe were cleared by the District Attorney and an administrative review by the Thomasville Police Department. The department has taken steps to assist the officers dealing with the stress of being involved in a shooting.
According to a press release, the shooting took place at 6:27 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, when the Thomasville Police Department responded to a welfare check at 193 Noah’s Trail inThomasville. Offices found Muntz, 41, threatening bodily harm to himself and was armed with a handgun. At that time, the Thomasville Police Special Response Team Unit was activated for assistance.
A Thomasville police negotiator attempted to speak with Muntz, but was unsuccessful. The negotiator then contacted personal friends and family members in an attempt to collect information and to get Muntz to talk with him.
Officers heard a shot fired from inside the residence. Later, Muntz opened the door and an officer noticed a pistol in his hand. Muntz walked down the stairs and into the yard. Repeated commands were made for Muntz to drop the gun and to show his hands. Muntz failed to obey the orders and aimed a loaded gun at officers. Officers discharged their weapons striking Muntz once.
Muntz later succumbed to his injuries after being transported to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.
“It’s an incident that all police officers pray they will never have to go through during their entire career.," said Chief Jeff Insley. "If an officer uses force and there is a loss of life, it is imperative that the incident is investigated and receive a comprehensive review by an independent source.
"I’d like to thank the NC State Bureau of Investigation and District Attorney Garry Frank’s Office for a complete investigation, review and decision.”