HPD: Officer fired shot during welfare check, unclear if man was struck

Houston police are trying to determine if an officer shot a suicidal man during a welfare check.

Officers responded to the call around 11:15 p.m. Thursday in northeast Houston and found the man in the middle of the street with a gun.

The Houston Police Department says the man pointed the gun at himself, and officers began giving him commands – telling him to put the weapon down and that they were there to help him. Police say the man shot himself, and despite efforts by the officers to administer first aid, the man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The police department says an officer also shot at the man, but it isn't clear if the bullet struck him. Investigators are trying to determine why the officer fired his weapon and if the man was struck.

The special investigations unit, internal affairs and the district attorney's office will be following up with the investigation.

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