Posted: Dec 10, 2012 4:12 PM
Updated: Dec 10, 2012 5:43 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Chief of Police Floyd Simpson says two of his officers returned fire and killed a barricaded suspect during a standoff on Salem Drive overnight.
Officials say 56-year-old Daniel Scott had called 911 around 8:30 p.m. Sunday to report he was armed, barricaded inside his home and fearful of his neighbors.
The entire stretch of road near Staples and McArdle was closed off as negotiators and the SWAT team worked for several hours to defuse the situation.
Officers tried to talk with Scott, but "were unable to establish meaningful dialog", according to the department. When they moved towards the home around 2:30 a.m. Scott reportedly opened fire.
During a brief news conference this afternoon, officials would not say whether or not officers had entered the home when they returned fire. Medics worked to save Scott's life, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Earlier today, police said they knew Scott was suffering from mental illness. This afternoon the department's website (CCPDblotter.com) stated "it is believed that Mr. Scott was suffering from mental illness."
Two veteran CCPD officers are on paid administrative leave as the investigation is underway. Senior Officer Rigoberto Montejano is 9 year veteran of the force. Senior Officer Amador Gonzalez has 17 years of experience with the Corpus Christi Police Department.
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