Man Killed by Police in Plainview in Saturday Morning Incident
In an incident that could possibly be described as "suicide by cop," a man was shot and killed by the Plainview Police SWAT team on Saturday morning (September 14th).
Plainview police received a shots fired call Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m. in the 1600 block of West 11th Street. When officers came upon the scene, they found a Hispanic man threatening suicide.
A standoff then ensued between the man, Plainview Police SWAT team, DPS Troopers, Hale County Sheriff's deputies, and Plainview Police Crisis Negotiators.
After the standoff had lasted one hour and 23 minutes, the man turned and pointed his handgun at police. He was shot and killed by both a SWAT team sniper and a Plainview Police officer.
The Texas Rangers have been called in to investigate, and the identity of the deceased man has not been released.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.