HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A deputy says he had no choice last night and was forced to open fire on a man who was threatening his parents with a rifle in northwest Harris County.
The shooting happened on Easton Park near Highway 6.
Deputies were called to the home because the parents of a 22-year-old man said they were afraid of their son. When deputies arrived, they say the son was in the back yard with a rifle hiding near an air-conditioning unit.
According to investigators, he was told to surrender multiple times, but refused to put down his weapon, which they say he continued to point at deputies. A deputy fired one shot, which was fatal.
"Evidently, it was some sort of verbal altercation and he had armed himself with a weapon and was threatening the parents, the family members," said Deputy Thomas Gilliland with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "I think we have had previous calls, but nothing as compared to what happened tonight."
The son was taken to North Cypress Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Deputies say they've been called to the home before to settle disputes between the son and his family.
The district attorney will investigate this shooting and it will be presented to the grand jury. There will also be an internal investigation within the sheriff's office.