A gay high school teacher suspected of shooting and killing a man he had been dating on Monday died hours later after crashing his car during a police chase.
Roy McClendon-Thompson, 42, is suspected of shooting to death James Curtis Jones, 45, early Monday during a confrontation at Jones' apartment near Perimeter Mall, according to the Dunwoody Police Department. McClendon-Thompson, who is married to another man, accused Jones of cheating on him, according to police.
About 5:20 a.m. on Monday, police received several 911 calls reporting screaming and shots fired at the Arrive Perimeter Apartments where Jones lived, police said in a press release. When Dunwoody police officers arrived minutes later, they found Jones in a parking deck with gunshot wounds to his chest. Police and DeKalb paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but he died from his injuries, police said.
McClendon-Thompson (top photo) was a social studies teacher at McNair High School, police spokesperson Sgt. Robert Parsons said.
“The school is very upset. He was a very well regarded, respected teacher,” Parsons told Project Q Atlanta. “A lot of confused, shocked and sad people certainly today.”
After investigators identified Jones, they discovered a police report that Jones filed on Saturday. He told officers that McClendon-Thompson threatened him in text messages.
“[McClendon-Thompson] caught [Jones] cheating on him, which started the argument,” according to the incident report.
Jones said he was scared of McClendon-Thompson, who he alleged had mental health issues and told him over the phone he would “fuck his shit up.” Jones said he met McClendon-Thompson on Jack’d about a year ago, but that they did not have sex, police said.
Police also interviewed McClendon-Thompson, who said he discovered that his best friend and Jones had sex. He said that he was talking to one of his best friends that day and the best friend was “bragging about meeting a new guy on Jack’d and kicking it with him,” according to the incident report.
The best friend sent McClendon-Thompson pictures of the new guy, who turned out to be Jones.
“[McClendon-Thompson] stated that he found that [Jones] and his best friend had sex [on April 2],” according to the incident report.
McClendon-Thompson said that he broke up with Jones and blocked his calls. He said they had dated off and on since November and had sex twice. He also said he never threatened Jones, and that Jones was sending him threatening emails. The officer advised both men to cease all communications with each other.
After the shooting on Monday, police “immediately looked for Mr. McClendon-Thompson,” Parsons said. Surveillance footage from the apartment complex showed McClendon-Thompson coming and going around the time of the shooting, police said.
Police arrived at McClendon-Thompson’s home in Ellenwood and waited for a search warrant to arrive before going in. While they waited, the garage opened and McClendon-Thompson fled in his car.
Police pursued him into Clayton County, where he crashed head-on into a commercial vehicle on Bouldercrest Road and died, police said. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident while Dunwoody police continue to investigate what led up to the shooting.
Grief counselors were at McNair High School on Tuesday, according to the AJC.