The death of 72-year-old Jerry Waller, shocked the quiet Fort Worth community, where six shots rang out just before 1am.
Mr Waller was reportedly awoke after a burglar alarm had gone off at a home across the street. He grabbed his .38 caliber handgun and went outside to investigate.
Police responding to the alarm instead went to Mr Waller’s home, where they encountered him in his driveway and near the garage.
Fort Worth Police Cpl Tracey Knight told reporters that the officers – both rookies who have been with the department for less than a year – ‘felt threatened’ by the elderly grandfather – and shot him.
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