Armed man 'causing disturbance' in homeowner's yard killed after firing at SWAT officers

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Thursday, April 27, 2023
Missouri City police killed armed man in homeowner's yard, Lt. says
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An armed suspect who wouldn't leave a homeowner's yard was shot to death by Missouri City officers after police say he fired shots at them.

MISSOURI CITY, Texas (KTRK) -- An armed suspect accused of causing a disturbance in a homeowner's yard was shot to death by East Fort Bend SWAT officers after police say he turned violent during peaceful negotiation efforts.

Missouri City Police said it got a call from a homeowner on Pecan Valley Drive in the Quail Valley subdivision around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, saying there was a man in his yard with a gun, according to Lt. Jeffrey York, who ABC13 spoke to Wednesday at the scene.

"Our officers responded. They started to talk to the guy. He made some statements that he wanted officers to hurt him," York explained.

From there, police said they called in their crisis negotiation team and the East Fort Bend SWAT team. Officers said they negotiated with the man for six hours, until about 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

Police said the SWAT team used a "less lethal" option to try to get the man to surrender. They tried a bean bag round, but in the end, the man still ended up shooting at officers.

"We attempted a less lethal option to try to resolve the situation. The suspect at that time pointed the weapon and fired two rounds at officers. They returned fire," York said.

The man, who police said was in his 50s, was killed. The officers were not hurt.

Police said it seems the man had a previous relationship with the homeowner.

"There was some previous relationship. I don't know all of the details of it yet, but they definitely knew each other," York said.

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