A close call for Vidor police officers, Chief Rod Carroll tells us a man tried to coax police into killing him by pointing a shotgun at the officers.
The video began circulating on social media, and police say the incident started as a domestic dispute on the 1900 block of Chinkapin drive in Vidor.
The man is seen throwing knives and pointing a handgun at officers when they then deescalated the situation without using deadly force.
"He came to the middle of the road with the gun and had knives in his hand," said Dewey Smith, who recorded the cellphone video and posted it on Facebook.
Another police officer sneaks up behind the man shocked him with a stun gun.
"By law, the officers were justified to use deadly force," says Chief of Police for the Vidor Police Department, Rod Carroll.
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But they didn't, bit still the situation takes a toll on those involved.
"It hurts, I have a job to do, and the last thing I want is for my family to hurt for what I do on a daily basis.
This encounter was an emotional one for Chief Rod Carroll .. Who recalls his biggest fear in the line of duty.
"Top any police chief, the worst day in his life is to knock on someones door and notify a family" says Chief Carroll.
This incident happened last Tuesday night at around 7:30 p.m., and for Dewey Smith, it's alarming to see this happen so close to home.
"I told him to put the gun down or they'll kill them," says Smith.
"It would have been a lot worse," he explains.
A man is now given another chance to live and the police officers, a scary situation to never forget.
"The officers handled themselves real good," Smith says.
"No one is promised tomorrow, and that goes to any career," Chief Carroll says.
Chief Carroll tells 12News that the man was transported to Baptist Hospital where he was then admitted for a mental health evaluation.
He says the District Attorney's office will take on this case to see if the man with the shotgun will face any charges.
Suicide is always horrible, but suicide by cop leaves two victims, the law enforcement individual, as well as the person who provokes the shooting.
Law enforcement agencies are doing their best to train officers to spot these sorts of incidents or potential incidents before they happen.
If you, or anyone you know, is thinking about harming themselves or taking their own life call the Crisis Center of Southeast Texas' local hotline at 800-793-2273