Geneva County remembers Michael McClendon mass shooting

GENEVA, Ala. (WTVY) -- Captain Ricky Morgan Geneva Police Department said, "Till this day I can still see him looking at me. I see him lay the gun across his arm and open fire."

March 10th, 2009, the day Michael McClendon took ten innocent lives in a split second.

Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms said, “We think about the victims almost every day, and we see a lot of the victims' families. It changed a lot in law enforcement. That was right at the time alert training was taking off."

The community has picked up the pieces from that day and moved on but that hasn't taken away the pain they've carried for so many years.

Geneva Mayor Frankie Lindsey said, "It’s caused this community to come to a lot closer. Our police officers are much more respected now."

One of the biggest things officers changed over the years is their access to technology. And firepower is a lot stronger compared to back then.

McClendon started his killing spree in Samson and it ended in Geneva.

For Geneva County EMA Director Misty Wise her family was a victim to this tragedy. She remembers the day like it was yesterday.

"I didn't know if my heart was still beating at that moment because I was just kind of in a zone.”

"We have moments certainly where we reflect on the good. We always try to remember all the good things."

10 years later officers still aren't sure what could have prompted McClendon. He eventually took his own life at Reliable Metal Products after a shootout with officers.