A Killeen Police officer died late Saturday night and a second was critically injured in a shootout at an apartment building in the 1600 block of Grandon Drive.
Police received a 911 call at 11:40 p.m. Saturday about a man causing a disturbance in the pool area of the Grandon Manor Apartments. The caller said the man came out of his apartment with a weapon. He threatened people in the pool before walking back into his apartment.
When officers arrived they found the man inside his apartment holding a long rifle in a threatening manner. The Tactical Response Unit was deployed shortly before midnight. Officers from the unit attempted to talk to the man, but he fired a shot at them. The man then came to the door with his hands up, but refused to come outside. When the officers attempted to take the man into custody, but he went back into his apartment and returned with an AK47. He then started firing the high-powered weapon at the officers. Officers returned fire, killing the suspect.
Two tactical unit officers were wounded and taken by ambulance to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition. Medical staff were able to stabilize one of the officers, who was later taken to Scott & White Memorial Hospital to undergo surgery.
The second officer succumb to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 1:27 a.m. He and the deceased suspect will be taken to the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas for an autopsy.
“Early this morning, this community experienced the loss of one of Killeen’s finest,” said Chief Dennis Baldwin. “The days ahead will be challenging, but for now, we are mourning the loss of a great officer. Our hearts and prayers go out to the officer’s family during this difficult time.”
The names of the officers injured in the incident and the suspect were not immediately released.
The case remains under investigation.