The report cautions that the information provided is preliminary information:
On the morning of Thursday December 13 at approximately 9:25 a.m., officers of the Abilene Police Department served a search warrant at the Abilene Gold Exchange located in the 1300 block of South Danville.
The search warrant sought evidence related to the alleged failure to report precious metal transactions as required by the Texas Occupations Code.
As officers from the Patrol and Criminal Investigative Division were securing the property, they were confronted by a male subject armed with a semi-automatic pistol.
The subject was instructed to put his weapon down. He did not. He then moved his weapon in a threatening manner.
One of the officers responded by firing upon the subject. The subject, an employee of the business, was hit and is deceased at the scene. The identification of the subject is pending next of kin notification.
As with all officer involved shootings, a joint investigation is being conducted with the Texas Rangers.
The officers involved will be on administrative leave. At this point, it appears that the officer responded with necessary and reasonable force.
This is a traumatic event for the family of the deceased, the officers involved and our community. Our thoughts and prayers are extended.
Additional information may be released in the future.