A 53-year-old man was fatally shot by police Tuesday evening after raising a long gun toward two officers, said Sgt. Marc Povero, a police spokesman.
The incident happened in a parking lot in the 4900 block of East Lancaster Avenue, near Newark Avenue, about 5:30 p.m.
The officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call in the 3600 block of Mount Vernon Avenue, several blocks away, where a 911 caller reported that her father was intoxicated and walking around with a gun. While officers drove west on East Lancaster, they saw a man with a gun who matched the 911 caller’s description.
The officers pulled over and began giving the man verbal commands. When he raised his gun toward the officers, one officer fired at least two rounds from a shotgun, striking the man, Povero said.
The man, who has not yet been identified, died at the scene. No officers were injured.
“Unfortunately, the person involved made the choice to threaten officers,” Povero said.
Povero confirmed that the man who was killed by officers was the same man involved in the domestic disturbance.
In the last year, police have responded to several mental-health-related calls at the Mount Vernon home involving the man, including seven attempted-suicide calls, Povero said.
“Our officers go through mental health training,” Povero said. “However, when a person is brandishing a firearm and threatening our officers … we can only take that so far until our officers have to go into survival mode.”
Dozens of officers, including Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, responded to the scene, which blocked off East Lancaster in both directions.
Povero said the officer’s partner had an active body camera during the incident. Anyone with additional video of the incident is asked to call police at 817-392-4222.
Ryan Osborne: 817-390-7684, @RyanOsborneFWST