Slidell Police Shoot To Death An Unarmed, Shirtless Man With Mental Illness


Beth Nilsson treasures a photo her son, Caleb McCree, taken in Las Vegas two years ago where he was beaming with pride after bungee jumping.

Authorities have said only that a Slidell Police officer had responded to a call about a stabbing at the Circle K gas station and convenience store around 4:30 p.m. He called for backup and another Slidell Police officer and a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene.

In a news release Sunday evening, the Slidell Police Department said the officers arriving on the scene encountered McCree and at some point “shots were fired by Slidell Police and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, resulting in the killing of the alleged suspect.”

McCree’s fatal encounter with officers was captured on video by witnesses, one of whom said that he started recording when he saw an officer pointing a gun at a man holding a knife. The witness said the man continued moving toward police after being told to stop and after being hit with a stun gun.

The video shows a shirtless man walking forward as officers point guns at him in the parking lot of the business on Airport Road. The camera dips down as gunfire begins and raises second later when the man can be seen lying on the ground.

McCree was pronounced dead on the scene, authorities said.

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