Decatur man shot in possible ‘suicide-by-cop’ attempt

Posted Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

A Decatur man shot Wednesday night after aiming what turned out to be a pellet gun at a Wise County deputy may have been attempting “suicide by cop,” authorities said Thursday.

Investigators suspect Christopher Harp, 51, called 911 shortly before 10 p.m., reporting “gun play.”

When Deputy Steven Yancey responded to the house in the 200 block of Country Road 1260, he found Harp hiding behind a tree with a firearm.

“Harp refused to follow Yancey’s commands to drop the weapon,” a press release issued Thursday by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office states.

The release states Harp then quickly approached Yancey as the deputy stood outside his patrol car and aimed his firearm at Yancey.

“Yancey fired one shot,” the release states. “Yancey acted appropriately and according to policy.”

Harp was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where he is listed in critical condition, the release states.

Investigators determined Harp’s weapon was a black BB pellet gun, according to the release.

“It is believed it is very possible this was an attempted suicide-by-cop situation,” the release states.

Yancey has been placed on routine paid leave during the investigation.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?