Publicist: Mother of Caleb Plant killed in Cheatham County officer-involved shooting

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The mother of world boxing champion Caleb Plant has been identified as the woman shot and killed over the weekend by a deputy in Cheatham County.

A 911 call was made early Saturday morning to request an ambulance to transport Beth Plant, 51, to a hospital, the TBI reported.

After the ambulance left the residence, investigators said Plant became combative and pulled a knife from her backpack.

The ambulance driver pulled over at New Hope Road and Highway 41A and requested law enforcement assistance.

When a deputy arrived at the scene, the TBI said Plant was outside of the ambulance and brandished a knife at the deputy, and at some point, the deputy fired at the woman, striking her.

Plant was transported to a Nashville hospital, where she died.

Mario Serrano, a publicist for Caleb Plant told News 2 that Beth Plant is the boxer’s mother.

In a Facebook post Sunday night, Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove described the incident:

“She was being transported by county EMS when something went terribly wrong. A frantic call to dispatch from responders and the first deputy arrived. He saw her coming toward them while the life savers were trying to take cover behind him. Violence started in the back of the ambulance and continued outside with her long knife in hand. She was closing in on the deputy with the sharp instrument. Her threat to them was measured in microseconds and as the deputy screamed many times for her to stop and drop it, she kept coming. And then darkness came to all four. Two first responders and their deputy began aggressive lifesaving measures. For some reason of her own, she decided it was now her time.”

Sheriff Breedlove also addressed people questioning the deputy’s decision:

“It’s easy to second guess an officer’s decision when you have hours, days and months to study, scrutinize and opine from the couch. It’s another when you’re out there in the darkness as screams, blood and weapons enter into the mix. Your seconds are cut to an instant, a not so slow motion decision and training subconsciously kicks in. No Cheatham law enforcement officer or deputy wants to take a life. It’s the worst experience ever.”

The TBI will continue to investigate the incident.

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