RUNNELS COUNTY, Texas — The Texas Rangers are investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting in Runnels County.
A man – whose name has not been released – was shot Friday afternoon after pointing a rifle at Runnels County deputies and other law enforcement officers, according to Sheriff Carl Squyres.
The sheriff’s office got a 911 call at 9:20 a.m. Friday about a man who had fired a shot inside a home on FM 2405, north of Winters, while family members were inside.
He was “believed to be in mental distress,” said Squyres.
When deputies and officers from the Winters Police Department arrived, they saw a man inside the home with a rifle.
After failing to establish communication, they called the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office which brought its tactical team and a negotiator.
Department of Public Safety officers and Texas Rangers also came to assist.
Still unable to establish communication, officers saw the man pacing back and forth, holding the rifle.
At one point, he pointed the rifle at officers through a window.
About 1:15 p.m., the man walked out onto the patio, shouldered his rifle and aimed it at deputies.
“Deputies were forced to fire a single round, striking the individual,” Squyres said.
A neighbor who did not want to be identified told KTXS "he was just a sick man. He was sick. He didn't know they were cops. He thought it was someone trying to break into his house."
North Runnels EMS crews -- stationed a short distance away -- responded immediately. But, they were unable to save his life.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The body was transported to the medical examiner’s office in Mesquite for an autopsy.