Veteran firefighter shot dead after approaching a straight man for sex in a well-known gay cruising spot
Veteran firefighter Mack Bond was shot dead when he approached a straight couple for sex in a popular gay cruising spot in Memphis, Tennessee.
Bond, who had worked with the Memphis Fire Department for 21 years, was shot and killed at Kennedy Park in Raleigh last Wednesday (15 July).
The 58-year-old was reportedly shot by Carlton Wells, who told police that he was sitting in a car with his girlfriend at the park when Bond approached them for sex, FOX13 reports.
According to an affidavit, Wells said Bond pulled up beside he and his girlfriend, Danielle Mack, where they were parked.
Firefighter Mack Bond allegedly approached the couple in a popular gay cruising spot in Memphis.
Wells claimed that Bond asked them for sex. The 23-year-old said he felt uncomfortable – so produced a gun and shot him multiple times, killing him in the process.
Police have arrested Wells and Danielle Mack in connection with the shooting. Wells has been charged with second-degree murder and was charged for being a convicted felon in possession of a hand gun.
Meanwhile, Mack was charged with tampering with evidence.
The Memphis Fire Department are deeply saddened to hear of the sudden and tragic off-duty death of firefighter Mack C Bond.
Following the shooting, Mack returned the rental car to Memphis Airport Avis and claimed it had transmission problems. She was given a new rental car.
The city’s fire department mourned Bond’s death in a statement released last week.
His death has been mourned by the local community.
“The Memphis Fire Department are deeply saddened to hear of the sudden and tragic off-duty death of firefighter Mack C Bond,” chief Gina Sweat said.
“Mack faithfully served as a member of this department for more than 21 years and was a valued member of our MFD family.
“He will be greatly missed.
“Our sincere condolences are extended to his family, friends and the brothers and sisters of the Memphis Fire Department. RIP Mack Bond.”
Meanwhile, Joe Norman of the Memphis Firefighters Association said he was “speechless” when he heard of Mack’s passing.
“He was a great firefighter. I worked with him many a time. He was always outgoing, energetic, happy.”