DOUGLAS — A local man is dead, a woman is injured and a Douglas police officer is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into an officer-involved shooting here Tuesday.
Chief Gary Casteloes said Tuesday that police officers responded to a call for help after a local man shot his wife in the hand. When police arrived, he said, they were confronted by the man who had a shotgun muzzle against his own neck. Officers commanded him to drop the gun but instead he pointed it at the police and an officer fired a shot, killing the man.
The identity of the man and the officer were being withheld, the chief said, until further notice.
An Albany TV news report included a statement by a woman who lived near the couple. She said the man came out of the house after shooting his wife, carrying a rifle and a shotgun. She said she was watching when police arrived and tried to get him to put his weapon down.
“They asked him to drop the weapon numerous times,” the woman said on TV news video. “I heard one shot and saw him fall to the ground.”
Police said the man and his wife were taken to Coffee Regional Hospital where the man was pronounced dead.
The woman who was shot is going to be OK, the chief said, adding that the officer who fired the single shot “is very upset.”