Three police officers shot a 62-year-old man Wednesday afternoon after he pointed a gun at them outside his home, police said.
No officers were injured, and the man was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in critical condition.
The officers were responding to a suicide call in the 3300 block of North Commerce Street, near Meacham Airport, about 12:30 p.m.
When they arrived, the man came outside with a handgun and pointed it at the officers, Sgt. Marc Povero said.
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All three officers fired, striking him multiple times, he said.
“They did what they had to do to defend themselves,” Povero said.
Police believe that the incident could be a “suicide by cop” attempt, Povero said.
The responding officers — two officers and a supervisor — had parked about a half-block from the man’s home.
Officers treated him with a medical kit before MedStar arrived.
Major case detectives were investigating the shooting Wednesday afternoon.
A photo tweeted by police showed shell casings scattered in a driveway next to the home. Povero said the man was shot twice in the abdomen.