Houston man holding BB gun shot dead by police

HOUSTON, Texas – A 30-year-old man holding a BB gun replica of a 9MM Beretta thought to be handgun was shot dead by a police officer, authorities said.

Video above shows the confrontation, which happened around 6:30pm Thursday in southeast Houston.

Chief Art Acevedo said the man was armed and made a move for his weapon before the officer shot him several times. That’s when it was discovered the suspect had a BB gun.

Police were called to the 7400 block of Scott Street near Corder after reports of a suspicious person brandishing a firearm. The firearm was said to be a handgun at the time.

The man was taken to Ben Taub Hospital where he died of his injuries.