At the request of 31st District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis, TBI Special Agents continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting shortly after midnight this morning at a home in McMinnville.
Preliminary information indicates the incident began when law enforcement officers from the McMinnville Police Department arrived to a home in the 1300 block of Chestnut Ridge Road in an attempt to arrest Clifford Keller (DOB 10-27-83) on several outstanding warrants. At the time, Keller was also out of jail on a furlough and recently failed to report back to jail when ordered. During the exchange early this morning, the situation escalated when Keller threatened a police patrol dog that located him in a camper on the property, fired a weapon from inside the camper, and later brandished a weapon in the direction of the officers. In spite of verbal orders to drop the weapon when approaching the officers, Keller did not comply. At least one officer fired his service weapon, striking Keller, who died at the scene. No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.
TBI Special Agents, assisted by a team of Forensic Scientists, will gather any and all relevant interviews and evidence as part of this ongoing investigation. Throughout the process, Agents will submit investigative findings to the District Attorney General for her review and consideration. As a reminder: The TBI only acts as ‘fact-finders’ in its investigation. The determination as to whether the law enforcement officers’ actions were justified rests solely with her. Additionally, the TBI does not identify officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions of that nature to their respective department.
Updates on this investigation will be posted online at TBINewsroom.com as they are available.