FORT WORTH -- A police officer entered the home of a suicidal man late Thursday to check on him, but shot him instead because the man raised a gun, according to reports.
The unidentified man was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in stable condition with two gunshot wounds, said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman. The man's medical condition was unavailable early Friday morning.
The incident was reported at about 9:20 p.m. in the 5200 block of Hill Ridge Drive in northwest Fort Worth, according to reports. The neighborhood is off of Boat Club Road, but east of the northern portion of Lake Worth.
Officers were sent to the home, Henderson said, in response to a report that the 49-year-old man inside the home had left multiple messages on his wife's phone "indicating that he was drinking, taking pills, and was in possession of a firearm ready to kill himself."
But the man did not answer the door when police and firefighters arrived, Henderson said, so they entered the home because they thought he might need first aid.
The first officer through the door immediately encountered the man, who had a drink in one hand and a handgun in the other, Henderson said.
Officer C.C. Thomas, a 12-year police veteran, reported that the man raised the gun toward him, so he shot the man in the hand and torso, Henderson said.
"The initial indications are that the officer was justified in using deadly force since the (man) placed the officer in imminent fear for his life by raising his firearm towards him," Henderson said.
The spokesman added that he didn't know if the man would be charged, but aggravated assault on a public servant might be a possibility.
Meanwhile,the department's Major Case unit will investigate the shooting, he said.
As for Thomas, the department has no administrative leave policy for police involved shootings.
"The involved officer is free to take time off at (his) discretion or return to work either full duty or in a limited capacity," Henderson said.