Investigators late Tuesday were trying to determine whether a city police officer wounded a man during a call about a suicidal person or whether the man shot himself.
The shooting occurred about 10:30 a.m. on Strom Road, just off FM 517, spokesman Cpl. Allen Bjerke said.
Texas City police initially said an officer had shot a man but hours later said they weren’t sure whether the wound was self-inflicted or from one of two bullets an officer had fired, Bjerke said.
The man, in his 60s, was shot once in the torso, survived and was transported to a Houston hospital, police said.
The person who called police to the residence reported someone had fired a shot inside the home, Bjerke said.
At some point after officers arrived, the man came out of the house and stood on his porch, which is raised about 12 feet in the air, Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset, whose office is investigating the shooting, said.
A police officer, still in the street below, fired two shots, Trochesset said.
It was unclear to investigators Tuesday afternoon what transpired just before the officer fired, Trochesset said.
Responding officers found the man had been shot once in the torso, Trochesset said.
In part because the man was reported to have been threatening suicide, it wasn’t clear immediately whether the bullet came from an officer’s weapon or was self-inflicted, he said.
That determination would require examining the bullet removed from the man during surgery, Trochesset said.
“We want to make sure the bullet matches the bullet from the officer,” Trochesset said.
It was unclear whether the man was armed when he stepped onto the porch, he said.
Trochesset said his understanding was the man had a gun, but that was a preliminary understanding.
A handgun police collected at the scene had been fired, Trochesset said.
Trochesset said he didn’t know whether any shots were fired at the Texas City police officers who first arrived at the scene or whether the man fired his gun while outside on the porch.
It’s common for the sheriff’s office to investigate shootings involving local police departments.
The wounded man was alive when first-responders arrived and was flown by helicopter to a Houston hospital, where he still was receiving treatment Tuesday evening, Trochesset said. No one else was injured in the incident.
Houses along Strom Road have Dickinson mailing addresses, but the area is within the jurisdiction of the Texas City Police Department.
The man had been in his house with several people, including his wife, Trochesset said. Trochesset wasn’t sure how many other people might also have been in the house.