Texas Officer Mistaken For Intruder, Killed by Homeowner

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Police in Midland, Tx., say officer Nathan Heidelberg loudly announced that there were cops at a man’s front door. The lawyer for homeowner David Wilson, says his client thought Heidelberg was a possible intruder. But neither side is arguing about the end result of the call Tuesday morning: Heidelberg was shot and killed, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “David Wilson believed that his family was experiencing a home invasion and only fired his weapon to protect his family,” said Brian Carney, Wilson’s attorney. Heidelberg, 28, had worked for the department for five years. “He was courageous, selfless, ethical and professional. Nathan treated others with respect, regardless of their demeanor or actions. I wish I was more like Nathan,” Midland Police Chief Seth Herman said on Facebook. “It is with the utmost sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of our family member.”

Heidelberg and another officer were responding to a call triggered by a residential burglar alarm after 1 a.m. Tuesday. Wilson, who lives at the address from where the alarm call originated, fired his gun at the flashlight Heidelberg was shining into the home, police say. Wilson was arrested, charged with manslaughter and released on $75,000 bond Tuesday. Heidelberg is the first officer to die in the line of duty in Midland since 1961.

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