• Christian McClintick
    Christian McClintick

Officers mourn loss of deputy

Members of law enforcement and area residents took time the past few days to mourn the loss of Mitchell County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris McClintick, who died Wednesday, Nov. 1, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Spruce Pine.

“This past Wednesday was a sad day for the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office and the family of Deputy Christian “Chris” McClintick,” said Donald Street, Mitchell County Sheriff. “Please remember the family of Chris and the law enforcement officers in our county.”

Law enforcement officers responded Wednesday to a call of a possible suicidal subject in the town limits of Spruce Pine, Street said.

“Officers arrived on the scene to find one of our own with a gun to his chest,” Street said. “Attempts were made to talk him out of it.”

McClintick, 44, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound a short time later, Street said.

The Spruce Pine Police Department issued a statement this past Thursday through a post on its Facebook page.

“Deputy McClintick was a fine example of what all officers should try to be,” according to the post. “He was kind, courteous and fair.”

McClintick was a U.S. Army veteran and 12-year employee of the sheriff’s office. He is survived by his mother, Mary McClintick, of Marion; daughter, Ava; son, Finn; wife, Vann; three brothers; and several nieces and nephews.

His funeral was Monday, Nov. 6, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Linville.

The MItchell News

Mailing Address: PO Box 339 
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 
Phone: 828-765-7169
Fax: 828-765-1616