Abilene Police have identified Miguel Martinez, 49, as the man who was shot and killed by police Wednesday.
Police said they received a 911 call at 5:22 a.m. Wednesday from a woman who said Martinez, her estranged husband, broke into her home, pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her.
Martinez's wife said she woke up to him standing over her with the gun in his hand. A struggle ensued and she said Martinez even threatened suicide.
Officers said when they found Martinez in the backyard shed when they arrived at the home on North 17th Street--just across from College Heights Elementary School.
Officers said he pointed a loaded gun at them and they opened fire.
"I heard pop, pop, pop, pop, pop! And I woke up and I thought, that was a bunch of gunfire," Eric Poynter, a neighbor who went to the crime scene, said. "There was a man laying on the ground."
Martinez was hit multiple times by two officers. He was taken to a local hospital where he died from his wounds.
"At this point it appears that the officers acted with necessary and reasonable force," Chief of Police Stan Standridge said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased and with our officers."
The officers who shot Martinez are now on administrative leave, in accordance with standard procedure. The incident is being investigated by the Abilene Police Department and the Texas Rangers.
"This unfortunate event will have a lasting, traumatic impact on everybody involved," Standridge said.
According to Taylor County arrest records, Martinez been arrested several times on mostly DUI and public intoxication offenses.
Martinez's body has been sent to Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.
Last week, Abilene police released crime statistics for 2012. Violent crime is up 10 percent compared to last year. In 2011, violent crime had fallen 26 percent. At a press conference Wednesday morning, Chief Standridge stressed the important role the Abilene community can play in decreasing violent crime.
According to the online crime tracking database RAIDS Online, there has been more than two dozen crimes this year in the neighborhood Martinez was shot in. They include assaults, sex crimes and robberies. There has also been death investigations but no murders or attempted murders.
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