Apartment shooting witness: 'I thought I was going to have a heart attack'
Shaun Thompson (Source: Facebook)
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -
Police have released the identity of a man who was shot by police during a confrontation Monday night at a Longview apartment complex.
Investigators said 26-year-old Shaun Thompson would not follow requests to lower his gun and was then shot by a police officer.
Resident Shawn Mercer said she was pulling up to her apartment after dinner when she saw the police officer shoot Thompson.
"We were right there as he shot and it was pretty loud, I thought I was going to have a heart attack," Mercer said. "It was scary, I've never seen anybody get shot before. The cop had his gun drawn and he was firing on this guy. He just shot the guy six times."
Longview police said they responded to calls of an armed subject at the Penwood apartments around 9 p.m. Monday.
"It was pretty big," Mercer said. "They had big spotlights you would use in the oilfield out here and they didn't leave until 5:00 a.m.."
Witnesses said the man got into a confrontation with other residents outside of an apartment when he pulled out a gun on those residents, pointing it at them. Officials said officers asked Thompson to lower the gun and when he would not comply, the officer shot Thompson.
"The suspect actually made some furtive moves towards the officer, which was why the officer shot," said Longview Police Public Information Officer Kristie Brian.
Residents said Thompson does not live at the apartment complex. The Texas Rangers were on the scene Tuesday, interviewing potential witnesses.
Thompson's mother said she does not know why her son was at the apartments and has not yet been able to visit her son at the hospital.
But Mercer said she is just grateful her toddler was not at home when it all happened.
"He was with his grandma, his dads mom," she said. "It's scary. That's your kids, your son, your daughter, sister, anything."
Thompson is currently recovering at a local hospital.
The Texas Rangers said their investigation is ongoing and they have not filed any charges at this time.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
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