old man is dead, Denton Police say he was shot and killed by an officer early
Sunday morning. According to the department's spokesperson, Ryan Grelle, the
suspect was armed with a rifle and pointed it at an officer, when the officer
shot in self-defense.
Police say it all started on the 3600 block of Dunes Street, just after 2:30 A.M. The suspect, Justin Beltran, was reportedly firing shots into the air, outside his home. Neighbors reported the incident to police. Investigators say, when they arrived, Beltran took off. Officers followed him to a house a few miles up the road, on the 3300 block of Hartlee Field.
That's where two officers confronted Beltran.
"Once they started ordering him to exit the vehicle, he exited the vehicle holding a rifle," Ryan Grelle with Denton Police said. "They gave him commands to drop the rifle. He never did and unfortunately we had to shoot him."
says the suspect never fired the weapon, but did point it at the officers. That
prompted one officer to open fire, striking Beltran in the head. Beltran was
taken by CareFlight to Medical Center Plano, where he later died.
"He feared not for his safety, but for the other officer's safety that was on scene. The weapon was pointed towards him," Grelle said.
Police say the home where the shooting unfolded belongs to Beltran's boss. Investigators are baffled as to why Beltran ended up there.
"I heard the boss say [Beltran] was like a son to him. They were real close," Grelle said.
For Beltran's closest friends, it's all too difficult to believe.
"Nobody knows what to think right now, everybody is just can't believe it. We're all in shock," close friend Cordero Bowen said.
Bowen says Beltran was a hard-working family man. He was the father of three children - the youngest was just under two months old.
"I really don't see a reason for somebody to just shoot him like that," Bowen said. "He wasn't that type of person for somebody to take his life."
The Texas Rangers are investigating this case, as is protocol in cases of this nature for Denton Police. Meanwhile, the officer involved in this shooting is on administrative duty, pending the outcome of the investigation. We're told he's been with the department six years.
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