A 72-year-old man armed with a handgun was fatally shot early Tuesday by police on his property after two officers responded to a burglary alarm call from a residence across the street.
The officers encountered Waller at the back of his house near the garage and driveway, said Cpl. Tracey Knight, a police spokeswoman.
The officers “felt threatened,” she said.
Knight said she could not say whether both officers fired their weapons or whether Waller fired his gun.
Tuesday evening, Waller’s brother and sister, interviewed outside the house, said they were not surprised that he might have grabbed a gun to investigate a burglar alarm going off.
Sister Janice Chumley of Weatherford said Waller had a “heart of gold,” and it was characteristic of him to look out for neighbors.
Brother Johnny Waller of Plano said his brother was not hard of hearing.
“For his age, Jerry was a physical specimen,” his brother said. “He worked out at the gym. If the police said, ‘Drop the weapon,’ he’d have done exactly that. Jerry was a law-abiding citizen.”
The two officers, both of whom have been with the department for less than a year, were responding to a residential alarm call when, for reasons still under investigation, they ended up at the residence across the street.