KILLEEN, TX (KXXV) -
An Army veteran is in the hospital after being shot by Killeen police, and investigators are working to find out why he charged at them.
The man has been identified as Army veteran Titus Latchison. Latchison’s family says Titus’ mental health may have played a role in today's shooting. Though undiagnosed, they say he suffers from PTSD after serving three tours in Iraq. They say they had been encouraging him to seek help.
Killeen police responded to a suicidal call in the 4600 block of Golden Gate Drive.
Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Carroll Smith says officers are always on high alert.
"Any call that we go to we never know. It can turn deadly at any time,” says Smith. “Suicidal subjects or even mental subjects, you never know you're going to get."
Police say they tried calming Latchison down when they arrived, but he wasn't interested in talking.
"He didn’t want to talk too much. Through the course of the visit with the officers he came out and charged the officers with two knives in his hands," says Smith.
The officer fired at the Latchison, hitting him twice, once in the shoulder and in the stomach. He was then rushed to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, where he underwent surgery.
"You have to be able to react at a moments notice and that's what our officers did,” says Smith. “Unfortunately he had to use deadly force but he was forced."
Cop cars and crime scene tape are an unusual sight for neighbors in a normally quiet military community.
Neighbor Efrin Tabonares say this has been a tough week and hope this was just an isolated incident.
"I hope there will be no further incidents involving violent crimes or shootings or whatnot here in my neighborhood," says Tabonares.
Latchison was originally taken to Darnell Army Medical Center, but was later airlifted to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.