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Man shot, wounded as Texas police respond to suicidal call

August 31, 2021 GMT
Law enforcement officers and emergency personnel respond to the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Texas City, Texas on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Officials say a police officer shot and wounded a man while responding to a call about a suicidal person. (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)
Law enforcement officers and emergency personnel respond to the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Texas City, Texas on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Officials say a police officer shot and wounded a man while responding to a call about a suicidal person. (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)
Law enforcement officers and emergency personnel respond to the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Texas City, Texas on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Officials say a police officer shot and wounded a man while responding to a call about a suicidal person. (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

TEXAS CITY (AP) — Police in Southeast Texas say it’s unclear whether a man shot and wounded Tuesday as officers responded to a report of a suicidal person was shot by an officer or shot himself.

Texas City police said the man was airlifted to a hospital and have not revealed his condition.

Earlier Tuesday, officials said the man was shot by a police officer, according to The Galveston County Daily News. But a police statement issued later said that while a Texas City police officer fired his service weapon at least twice, it was unknown whether the man’s wounds were self-inflicted or from the officer.

The statement said officers had responded to the home after getting a call about a suicidal man with a handgun who had fired a shot inside. Police said that soon after officers arrived, they told dispatchers that shots had been fired and the man “was down on the porch.”

Police say the officer-involved shooting investigation has been turned over to the Galveston County’s sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices.

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset says the man was shot in the torso.

Texas City is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Houston.