An unidentified 49-year-old Abilene man is dead after being shot by two Abilene police officers early Wednesday morning on North 17th Street, police said.
According to Abilene Police, the man is the estranged husband of a woman living at the home where the shooting occurred. They received a call from the woman at 5:22 a.m., saying her ex-husband had broken into the home and was threatening to kill her with a gun. He reportedly walked outside of the residence and was in the yard when officers arrived.
After Abilene police officers arrived, the 49-year-old man pointed his gun at the officers. The officers responded by firing multiple shots at the suspect. He was transported to a hospital before being pronounced dead. His body has been taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.
The two officers have been placed on administrative leave. It is standard procedure for any officer-involved shooting.
Abilene police said it appeared the officers acted with necessary and reasonable force.
Witnesses told KTXS they heard loud gunshots this morning sometime around 5:30 a.m.
"I heard pop pop, pop pop, pop, and I just woke up and thought, 'That was a bunch of gunfire,'" witness Eric Poynter said.
Texas Rangers and Abilene Police were at the scene of the shooting this morning, a house located on North 17th Street across from College Heights Elementary.
KTXS will keep you updated as we learn more.