A man called David Wagner, KLST/KSAN news director, Friday morning and advised him to get cameras to the 1200 block of 21st and Bradford Street because he was about to have a police standoff. Wagner reportedly contacted San Angelo Police Department Public Information Officer Tracy Gonzalez to report the call.
Gonzalez said the call she received from Wagner was at approximately 11:30 a.m. Friday. She then worked with him to identify where the call came from and dispatched patrol officers to the scene.
Gonzalez said the caller’s intent was to kill officers and that he advised that neighbor’s be evacuated from the scene.
Around the same time, calls from neighbors began coming in to report a house fire in the same area. It is unknown if the fire was set in order to bring officers to the scene.
However, when officers did arrive, they encountered a man on the porch of a home, armed with a shotgun.
After a standoff with police, Gonzalez said the suspect was shot by authorities and immediately transported to a local hospital. He remains in critical condition.
Bradford Elementary was put on lock down until 12:30 p.m. The rest of the school day will continue as normal.
Police Chief Frank Carter said a double investigation is underway regarding the shooting and house fire.
Texas Rangers will conduct the officer-involved shooting investigation, which is standard protocol.