Police: Officers in Texas shoot and kill man with rifle

Authorities say police in suburban Fort Worth, Texas, fatally shot a man who pointed a rifle at them.

RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — Police in suburban Fort Worth fatally shot a man who pointed a rifle at them, authorities said.

Friday’s shooting in Richland Hills happened as two officers were investigating reports of shots fired along a city street. They found a man carrying a rifle about two blocks away, according to Richland Hills Officer Sheena McEachran.

“The suspect raised and pointed what has been identified as a semi-automatic rifle at the officers,” McEachran said. “Officers fired at the suspect,” who was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was not yet known whether the man fired at the officers or how many times he was shot, McEachran said Saturday, saying that is part of the ongoing investigation.

McEachran said the man’s body was sent to the medical examiner for identification. Authorities did not release the names of the two officers, who were placed on paid leave, as is customary.

The Texas Rangers will investigate the shooting.

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