Visalia police: Man who threatened officers shot, injured

A Visalia police officer on Wednesday shot and wounded a man who reportedly yelled officers, then pointed an object that turned out to be a machete.

Just before midnight, officers were called to the 300 block to West Tulare Avenue to investigate a report of a agitated man swining a baseball bat. As officers checked the area, Troy Cleffman, 52, came out of his home and began to yell at them, police said.

As officers tried to talk to Cleffman, he went back inside his home, warning them he would return with a gun.

A short time later, Cleffman came back outside and pointed an object at an officer, who fired his handgun and struck the suspect once in the arm, police said. The object was found to be a large, dark-colored machete, police said.

Cleffman was treated at a local hospital and remains in police custody.

No officers were injured. Tulare County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting.