[Ed. – ‘Shoot first, ask questions later’ can be deadly M.O.]
A man who apparently mistakenly thought his home was being broken into opened fire on police as they sought to serve an arrest warrant for his grandson, critically wounding one officer before he was killed by return fire, the police commissioner said.
“This is an all-out, absolute tragedy all the way around,” Commissioner Richard Ross told reporters Monday afternoon.
Police SWAT team members went to the home early Monday in search of the couple’s 20-year-old grandson on a weapons violation warrant but the homeowner apparently didn’t hear them announce that they were police officers and told his wife to flee out the rear of the home, he said.
“And he went about the business of protecting his home, not knowing that it was the police at the door that he was firing upon,” Ross said.
The man then fired on police, striking 49-year-old Officer Jaison Potts, who suffered a broken jaw and may have artery damage along with other injuries. Ross said Potts walked into the hospital and was expected to survive, but was under heavy sedation because of his injuries and was scheduled for surgery Tuesday.