A Kentucky man shot dead a volunteer firefighter who offered help when he became stranded on the road because he was having hallucinations, his mother said.
Father-of-eight Justin Moore, 31, shot at volunteer firefighter Jacob McClanahan, 24, and Palmyra Police Officer Zachary Holly on Monday after he ran out of gas on state road 135.
The pair had approached Moore to help him, authorities said.
Holly avoided being shot, but McClanahan was struck and killed at the scene, Holly’s bodycam footage shows, investigators said. The officer returned fire and Moore was also killed.
Moore’s mother, Rachel Crisp, said that her son had been experiencing hallucinations and believed he was a werewolf being targeted by vampires.
‘He was talking about vampires following him home. Just crazy nonsense stuff like that. It just doesn’t make any sense, Crisp told local news station WHAS11 .
Crisp also told the outlet she felt incredibly sorry for McClanahan’s family, and that his death had been senseless.
‘He was just there trying to help my son. I feel sorry for his parents, and his family members,’ she said.
‘Here he was, trying to do a good deed and everything, and then get caught up in the mess like this and end up losing his life.’
Father-of-eight Justin Moore, 31, (pictured) shot at firefighter Jacob McClanahan, 24, and Palmyra Police Officer Zachary Holly on Monday after he ran out of gas on State Road 135
Holly avoided being shot, but McClanahan (pictured) was fatally shot and killed at the scene, Holly’s bodycam footage shows, investigators said
Moore’s mother, Rachel Crisp (pictured) , said that her son had been experiencing hallucinations and believed he was a werewolf being targeted by vampires
Moore, of Owensboro, Kentucky, had been reportedly driving from his ex-partner’s home when he ran out of gas near a school on Monday night.
He then went on to ask neighbors in the area if they could help him with money or gas, police said.
At some point, Moore was approached by officer Holly and McClanahan, who was traveling with a coworker and stepped out of his vehicle to help.
After Holly arrived at the scene along State Road 135, he asked Moore if he had any weapons, and Moore said he was carrying a small pocket knife.
Moore didn’t mention he had a gun inside of the vehicle, Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk said. Holly asked Moore to put the knife back inside his vehicle.
Moore, of Owensboro, Kentucky, had been reportedly driving from his ex-partner’s home when he ran out of gas near a primary school on Monday night
‘As soon as Mr. Moore reached inside of his vehicle, he pulled out a shotgun, immediately firing a round at the officer,’ Schalk said.
The Palmyra reserve police officer nearly was struck by a shotgun blast fired by Moore. A second shot fired by Moore struck McClanahan, fatally wounding him.
Holly returned fire and Moore died from his injuries shortly after being shot, Schalk said.
Schalk said he and other authorities extensively reviewed Holly’s body and dashboard camera footage as well as camera footage captured on private property, the News and Tribune reported.
The footage left ‘zero doubt’ about the officer’s actions, he said.
‘It clearly showed that the officer was justified in his actions and his decisions to use lethal force,’ Schalk said.
Moore didn’t mention he had a gun inside of the vehicle, Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk said
Crisp also told the outlet she felt incredibly sorry for McClanahan’s family, and that she regretted he had been killed senselessly
Moore’s mother, Rachel Crisp, has said his son had ‘a shift’ and was acting strangely in the weeks preceding his death.
Crisp added that her family’s situation had worsened after her husband became ill.
‘So I mean, everything’s been really tough. Plus, I’m raising my 12-year-old granddaughter,’ she told WHAS11.
Prosecutor Schalk has not confirmed whether Moore suffered from any mental illness, but said that seemed agitated in the bodycam video.
‘When interacting with [Holly and McClanahan], you could say maybe that he was agitated, but nothing that would have given rise to escalating to a shots-being-fired situation,’ he said Wednesday.
Holly, who has been with the department for about four years, has taken a voluntary leave of absence.