BAKERSVILLE, N.C. — Yesterday was a day filled with tragedy for Mitchell County citizens, law enforcement, and the family of Deputy Chris McClintick.
It was a sad day for the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office and the family of Deputy Christian “Chris” McClintick.
Law enforcement officers responded a report of a possible suicidal person who was inside the city limits of Spruce Pine.
Upon arrival, officers found one of their own officers holding a gun to his chest. Officers attempted to try and talk to him and persuade him to change his mind. Unfortunately, he died a short time later of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Please remember the family of Chris McClintick and the family of law enforcement officers of Mitchell County.
Law enforcement officers do not go into the profession with the expectation of becoming rich. The career is a dream to many and those who do become officers have dedicated themselves to the profession.
In lieu of flowers, the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office has set up a special fund at the county finance office, located at 63 Crimson Laurel Circle Suite 8, Bakersville, North Carolina, to pay for his funeral expenses along with any additional funds over going to his children.