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Fort Worth police shoot man during possible ‘suicide by cop’ attempt

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.

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.