© 2020 Texas Public Radio
Real. Reliable. Texas Public Radio.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
KTPD 89.3 FM in Del Rio is currently on low power.

Harris County Deputy Shoots Man Armed With Power Drill

HOUSTON — The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy fatally shot a suicidal man who was armed with a power drill. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies encountered the man when they responded to a residence in north Harris County on Sunday afternoon after a reported disturbance.

Deputy Thomas Gilliland tells the Houston Chronicle when deputies entered, they met a 49-year-old man who was wielding the drill and threatening to kill himself. Gilliland says when the man approached a deputy with the drill, the deputy shot and killed him.

Sgt. Cedrick Collier with the sheriff’s office tells KPRC-TV the officer had nowhere to retreat and fired one shot. The TV station reports the deputy is a 15-year veteran, who is now on standard administrative duty as the sheriff's office investigates.