- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy fatally shot a suicidal man who was armed with a power drill.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies encountered the man when they responded to a residence in north Harris County on Sunday afternoon after a reported disturbance.

Deputy Thomas Gilliland tells the Houston Chronicle when deputies entered, they met a 49-year-old man who was wielding the drill and threatening to kill himself. Gilliland says when the man approached a deputy with the drill, the deputy shot and killed him.

Sgt. Cedrick Collier with the sheriff’s office tells KPRC-TV the officer had nowhere to retreat and fired one shot.

The TV station reports the deputy is a 15-year veteran, who is now on standard administrative duty as the sheriff’s office investigates.

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