ABILENE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Police say an airman from a Texas Air Force base shot himself in the head and died after an officer shot him during an armed confrontation.
Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge said officers found the airman at a home on the city’s south side early Saturday morning after officials at nearby Dyess Air Force Base reported that the man was harming himself.READ MORE: State Fair Taking Extra Measures To Keep Guests Safe
The airman — whose identity has not been released — came out of the home with a rifle and repeatedly pointed it at the officers. Standridge said a SWAT supervisor shot the airman as he appeared to take aim.READ MORE: Officials: Man Suspected Of Making Threats Against Texas Lawmakers Arrested
Standridge said the airman then crawled into some bushes and then shot himself. He said the airman had “despondency issues” because he was being investigated for drunk driving.
The police, Texas Rangers and Air Force are currently investigating.MORE NEWS: State Fair Offers Hundreds Of Free Acts, Shows And Exhibits
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