SAN ANGELO, Texas - A man is in critical condition Friday after allegedly pointing a gun at San Angelo police officers during a standoff that he had warned a local TV station about.
According to the San Angelo Police Department, an employee at KLST/KSAN contacted SAPD about a phone call the station received from a man who claimed he was about to have a standoff with police near 21st and Bradford streets. The employee said the man told them to "get their cameras ready."
Police began coordinating to respond to the threat and called for a lockdown at Bradford Elementary. At about 11 a.m., the man called police saying he had guns and was going to kill cops, according to a news release. His identity has not been released at this time.
As police responded to the residence in the 1200 block of E. 21st Street, several calls were made about a house fire at the man’s residence. Officers responded and found flames emanating from the house, SAPD said.
The man was in front of the house and was armed with a “long gun,” according to the news release. At some point during the officers’ interaction with the man, he raised his firearm in their direction. SAPD fired shots in response and struck the man.
The suspect was taken to the hospital and is reportedly in critical condition. Criminal charges have not been released at this time.
The San Angelo Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire, and no one else was reported injured.
SAPD says Texas Rangers are conducting an official investigation into the shooting, which is standard procedure.
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