SIMSBORO, La. (WATE) – A Knoxville man was shot and killed earlier this week during a confrontation with a police officer in Louisiana.
The Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff’s Department says around noon Tuesday they received a call around noon about a shooting involving one of their officers. The preliminary investigation showed a deputy made a traffic stop in front of a local high school, during which there was a confrontation between the deputy and Joshua Mark Cloud, 22, of Knoxville, Tennessee.
According to KTVE, officials say during the course of the traffic stop, Cloud became non-compliant and combative. He eventually pulled out a gun, hitting the deputy in his vest. The deputy returned fire, hitting Cloud.
Cloud was pronounced dead on the scene. The deputy was taken to a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The nearby high school was but on a temporary lockdown. The investigation is ongoing.
Loved ones say they are devastated and shocked over Cloud’s death.
“We just want answers to what happened to our friend,” Chris Young, Cloud’s friend, said. Just an all around happy, loving person. Always interested in other people and intelligent, extremely intelligent, and one thing that wasn’t mentioned in the report of what happened is that he’s legally deaf, entirely deaf I think in one ear and partially deaf in the other.”
“It just doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Willis Freeman, another of Cloud’s friends, said. “It’s still baffling to me. It’s still hard to fathom that he got shot and killed by shooting an officer. It’s very uncharacteristic of him.”
“Joshua Mark Cloud was always the smartest person in the room,” Cassidy McCool, Cloud’s girlfriend, said. “He was the single most talented and driven person I have ever known. He possessed a happy, relaxed charm that lightened the hearts of all that knew him. He was patient, kind, and level-headed. He was a man of his word, and he never made a promise that he could not keep. He was so quick-witted and funny that it was impossible not to love him. Joshua Cloud was a gentle spirit who valued knowledge and truth above all other things.”