Collierville officer shoots, kills man armed with gun; TBI investigating

Collierville officer shoots, kills man armed with gun; TBI investigating

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (WMC) - A Collierville police officer shot and killed a man Monday morning.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate. They identified the man who was killed as David Hoal, 59.

Collierville Police Department was called to a home on Valleywood Cove at 8:10 a.m. TBI said police were called there because of a possibly suicidal man with a gun.

Officers went to the back of the home where they asked Hoal to drop his weapon. That’s when an officer ended up shooting and killing him.

“After repeated demands for the man to drop the weapon at some point, for reasons still under investigation, at least one of the officers opened fire striking and killing the man," Keli McAlister with the TBI said.

It’s unclear what Hoal was doing with the gun before the shooting happened. TBI is investigating the reason the officer opened fire.

WMC discovered that police were called to Hoal’s home on Sunday night - hours before he was shot.

According to a police report, Hoal’s wife called police Sunday night around 7 saying her husband was laying around the house smoking and drinking.

She told police Hoal had been stressed over an upcoming move.

The report says Hoal has previously experienced depression. He was prescribed medication, but hadn’t been taking it because he told police he “feels fine.”

The report also says Hoal threatened suicide after he was laid off two years ago.

Hoal's wife said her husband goes to a doctor about his depression and anxiety, but he did not want to see a psychologist.

Officers interviewed Hoal - he told police he was a little stressed, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Collierville Police asked Hoal if he was having thoughts of harming himself or suicide - to which he answered no.

Officers also offered Hoal a ride to his doctor so they can talk about his medication - but Hoal refused.

Police said in the report that Hoal was aware of the date and answered all questions calmly and rationally.

Collierville police are not releasing the name of the officer involved. The officer was placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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