Police cleared in October shooting
Four Thomasville Police officers have been cleared in the shooting death of 41-year-old Scott William Muntz.
Davidson County District Attorney Garry Frank has ruled the shooting of Muntz was justifiable. Four officers were placed on administrative leave with pay after the 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.
“It’s an incident that all police officers pray they will never have to go through during their entire career. 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,” said Chief Jeff Insley.
The incident was investigated by the SBI and the district attorney.
On Oct. 15, 2012, at about 6:27 p.m., police responded to a welfare check at 193 Noah’s Trail. When they arrived, they found Muntz threatening bodily harm to himself and armed with a handgun. At that time, the Special Response Team Unit was activated for assistance.
A police negotiator arrived at the scene and attempted to speak with Mr. Muntz but was unsuccessful.
Officers report hearing a shot fired from inside the home.
According to reports, Muntz opened the door and walked down the stairs and into the yard when an officer noticed a pistol in his hand.
Repeated commands were made for Muntz to drop the gun and to show his hands and Muntz failed to obey the orders and aimed a loaded gun at officers, according to police reports.
Officers report discharging their weapons and striking Muntz once. He died from his injuries after being transported to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.