Posted: Dec 11, 2012 5:53 PM by Andrew Ellison - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Dec 11, 2012 6:44 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - We have continuing coverage of a mentally ill man who was shot and killed by police in a standoff at his home off Salem Street.
Two nights ago, police responded to a 911 call from 56-year-old Daniel Scott at his home at 1109 Salem. Scott said he felt threatened by his neighbors and had barricaded himself in his house with a weapon.
Police tried to negotiate with him for several hours, then approached the house.
Scott opened fire and police returned fire, killing him.
Sulema Rosales is a neighbor of Scott's and felt police should have waited longer before moving in on his house.
She says they should have taken more time to calm Scott down, especially since they knew he had a mental illness.
"They had enough time to go get, you know, doctors, whatever, call a doctor, hey you know we have this situation, what do we do?" Rosales says.
She added that all she saw were police negotiators rather than any medical professionals trying to negotiate with Scott.
Police Chief Floyd Simpson says the officers followed department protocol.
Robert Gonzales lives across the street, and says police did what they had to do when Scott opened fire.
"They were fearing for their life just as much as he was fearing for his. He shouldn't have done that," Gonzales says.
We've tried to ask police more questions about the shooting, but they aren't releasing any more information about the incident.
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