Deputies involved in fatal shooting back on duty

By DeeAnna Haney | Nov 23, 2012

Two sheriff's deputies involved in a fatal Clyde shooting have returned to duty, but the incident is still under investigation by state authorities.

Veteran deputies Michael Scott Price and Keith Allen Beasley responded to a call near Clyde on Aug. 9, where 46-year-old David Lee Hensley was fatally shot by one of the officers with a .40 caliber handgun. The domestic disturbance call was placed by a neighbor.

According to an autopsy report performed at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, Hensley died from a gunshot wound to the head.

"Death in this case is attributed to a rapidly fatal, indeterminate range gunshot wound to the head," according to the medical examiner's autopsy.

The incident remains under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation, said Haywood County Sheriff Bobby Suttles.

Shortly after the death, Suttles said Hensley evidently had a gun and approached the deputies, which is when shots were fired. At the time, the sheriff could not confirm how many shots were fired or whether Hensley fired his own weapon.

As a standard procedure, Suttles said the incident was been turned over to the SBI.

Both deputies were placed on paid administrative leave following the incident and returned back to work about a month ago, he said.

Suttles said he brought the two deputies back to work after a debriefing and after he determined they were ready to resume duties.

There is no word on when the SBI investigation will be complete.

Chief Deputy Larry Bryson said the last time there was a deputy involved shooting in the sheriff's office was about 25 years ago.