Longview, TX – A Kilgore police officer working an off-duty security job at a local hospital ended up shooting a man who attacked him out in the medical center’s parking lot on Sunday night.
The incident occurred at the Hospitality Health Emergency Room shortly before 9 p.m. on Nov. 27, the Kilgore Police Department (KPD) said in a press release on Monday.
Police said the officer was conducting a security check of the hospital parking lot during his 12-hour shift when he was suddenly “confronted” by an armed male suspect, KLTV reported.
“During the encounter, for unknown reasons, the male pulled a pistol from his person and threatened the Officer with it,” the KPD said in the press release.
The officer immediately got into a physical altercation with the gunman in an attempt to gain control of the weapon “to keep the suspect from shooting him,” according to police.
“As the struggle intensified the Officer pulled his weapon and fired in an attempt to stop the aggression, striking the suspect,” the KPD said.
The officer immediately alerted emergency room staff to get medical attention for the suspect in the wake of the shooting.
Despite medical personnel’s “attempted life-saving measures,” the suspect did not survive and was pronounced dead by emergency room staff, the KPD said.
The suspect was later identified as 61-year-old Calvin Brown, KLTV reported.
The officer was not physically injured during the incident.
Investigators recovered a handgun at the scene.
The Texas Rangers are handling the ongoing investigation.
The off-duty officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, as is protocol for all officer-involved shootings.
The officer’s identity was not immediately released.
KPD Chief Todd Hunter said it does not appear the officer was specifically targeted by Brown, KLTV reported.
“We’ve watched the video. Preliminary results show us that this individual got here at 5:30 and had been walking around or had been in the parking lot for hours. We’re unsure of why,” Chief Hunter said. “So, the investigation continues.”
Hospitality Health Emergency Room issued a statement in the wake of the fatal officer-involved shooting to let patients know that the ER is open and handling emergencies around the clock.
“An incident occurred in our parking lot. Patients and staff were not [affected],” the statement read. “We are thankful for our police officers on security detail whose bravery continue to keep us safe while we focus on saving lives.”