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Watauga man gets shot for pointing gun at officers after 4 hours’ standoff

Amy Christie


A man who kept Watauga authorities at bay for almost four hours was shot and injured on Thursday morning when he came out of a house pointing a gun at the officers, as reported by the Watauga police chief.

What are the details?

A Watauga police officer shot twice toward the 40-year-old man when he came out of the residence pointing a long gun at the officers. The man was injured in the incident. No police officers were hurt during the standoff or in the final shooting, as reported by The Star Telegram.

The officer who shot the man, a three-year veteran in the Watauga Police Department, was placed on administrative leave with pay while the incident is being investigated. This is standard practice during an investigation, according to Watauga Police Chief Robert Parker.

The name of the man who got shot was not released. The officer who injured him was not publicly named either.

The standoff started when Watauga officers responded to an emergency call mentioning a suicidal person. This happened at midnight in the 5800 block of Oak Hill Road, as the news outlet points out.

“The officers knocked on the door, but no one answered. Officers could hear someone in the home,” Parker stated.

At one point at least one person ran away from the house that was being watched.

During the next four hours the officers tried to convince the man to come out of the house. At about 4 a.m. he made up his mind and came out armed with a gun. He walked out of the house while pointing the gun at the officers, according to official statements.

“Officers ordered him to drop the weapon, but he didn’t,” the police chief added.

After that the man was shot and injured. Watauga police have disclosed that his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

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