BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - Two deputies who responded to a family disturbance call on Wednesday opened fire on a 78-year-old man who they said pointed a weapon at them and refused their orders to drop gun, the Bastrop Sheriff's Office said Thursday.
The man, Jose Manuell Cantu, remained in critical condition at an area hospital. The officers are on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
The sheriff's office released its first official account of the shooting at 121 Stony Mont Drive in Del Valle late Thursday afternoon.
According to account, Cantu's daughter reported the disturbance at 4:13 p.m. and 15 minutes later, Deputy Mark Garcia and Investigator Stephen Broderick arrived at the house. They say Cantu with an unspecified weapon and told him several times to drop it, the sheriff's office said.
"Mr. Cantu raised the weapon and pointed it toward deputy sheriffs," the office said. "Fearing for their safety, deputy sheriffs discharged their weapons striking Mr. Cantu."
The account does not say how many time Cantu was hit. But it does say that the deputies administered first aid until medical personnel arrived.
Garcia, 30, has been with the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office since December 2005 and transferred to the law enforcement division in 2011. Broderick, 32, has been employed with the sheriff's office since March 2008.
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