Sheriff: Man sought in questioning of wife’s disappearance kills self

Curtis Lee Cloyd (WCSO)

TELFORD, TN (WJHL) – Washington County Sheriff’s Office officials told News Channel 11 that a man wanted for questioning in his wife’s disappearance shot himself Thursday.

Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal told us that around 9 a.m. the sheriff’s office learned of shots being fired at 147 Miller Drive, which is owned by Curtis Cloyd’s mother.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, when deputies arrived they saw Curtis Lee Cloyd running into a vacant home, where he reportedly slammed and barricaded the door.

Graybeal told us when deputies arrived they went around the house and saw him sitting in the door with a gun. Deputies backed away from Curtis Cloyd and called in back up, which included a SWAT team.

Miller Drive, as well as surrounding roads, were closed to traffic.

Around 30 deputies, as well as Jonesborough Fire Department, EMS and Johnson City Police Department’s robot responded to the scene.

According to a news release, Curtis Cloyd refused to come out of the home and SWAT members used a police robot with a two-way radio and entered the home in an attempt to talk to him, but were unsuccessful.

Officers then used pepper spray in the home to try to force Curtis Cloyd out, but were unsuccessful.

SWAT team members went into the home around 3:15 p.m. and found Curtis Cloyd had shot himself.

A medical examiner was called to the scene, as well as Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials who will investigate the case at the request of Graybeal.

On Monday we reported that Lisa Maria Cloyd, 53, was reported missing by her son. Lisa Cloyd was last seen on July 20.

The sheriff’s office issued a second news release on Monday afternoon saying that they were searching for her husband, Curtis Cloyd, 50.

According to Sheriff Ed Graybeal, Curtis Cloyd was listed as a possible person of interest in the case. Graybeal said Curtis Cloyd got away from investigators through a back door in the home.

Curtis Cloyd was wanted on two outstanding warrants for felony reckless endangerment and a prohibited weapon charge because of an encounter at his mother’s home Sunday night after he held a gun to himself, before running from deputies.

Graybeal said Lisa Cloyd is still missing and said they do not have any leads at the moment.

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