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Abilene PD: Man shot after pointing gun at officers during welfare check call

The Abilene Police Department said the woman who called about the man with a gun was not injured. The man died at the hospital.
Credit: Abilene Police Department

ABILENE, Texas — A 61-year-old man died early Saturday after he pointed a gun at officers, who were trying to negotiate with him after a woman called dispatch saying she was afraid he would hurt her, then himself.

According to a press release from the Abilene Police Department, officers were dispatched just after midnight Saturday, June 26, to a home in the 1300 block of Grape Street in north Abilene on a call of a welfare check.

A woman called dispatch saying a man was in the home, armed with a handgun and it was feared that he would harm her then himself.

Officers arrived at the home, where they encountered an armed man outside the home. He was pacing around a vehicle, agitated and behaving erratically.

Officers tried to negotiate with the man, who pointed the handgun at himself multiple times before pointing it at officers. Officers subsequently shot the man. Medical aid was immediately rendered before he was transported to Hendrick Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Notification of next of kin has been made. The man was identified as Robert Acosta-Reyes, 61.

The woman was inside the home and not injured. No officers were injured. Two officers will be placed on administrative leave, the department said. The incident is being investigated concurrently with Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Rangers.

The department asks that anyone with any information regarding this incident contact its non-emergency number at 325-673-8331.