CRIME

One man was hospitalized after being shot with what appeared to be a semi-automatic rifle, according to the Harker Heights Police Department.

In an email to the Herald on Wednesday, police spokesman Lt. Stephen Miller said officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 300 block of West Valley Road in north Harker Heights at 9:55 p.m. Sunday night. When they arrived, they reportedly encountered a man holding a semi-automatic rifle.

Officers drew their weapons and told the man to drop his gun and to get on the ground, according to police. The man reportedly complied, and officers secured both him and his weapon, at which point they were able to locate another man lying in a doorway and calling for help.

According to the report, the man was bleeding from his upper left arm, and a tourniquet was applied to stop the flow of blood.

Emergency services arrived and transported the man to a local hospital.

Miller confirmed one suspect has been detained at this time, but did not provide further details.

The identities of the men involved have not been revealed at this time.

Miller also confirmed this is Harker Heights’ first shooting in 2019.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

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