Police Break Silence, Confirm Officer Was Involved In Deadly Shooting

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email
Police issued a brief statement Monday, confirming an officer was involved in a weekend shooting that left a local man dead, but provided no further details.

The incident happened Saturday in this Copperas Cove neighborhood. (File)

COPPERAS COVE (February 4, 2013)—Copperas Cove police issued a brief statement Monday afternoon confirming that an officer was involved in a shooting that left a man dead, but provided no further details.

“An ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Department of Public Safety and due to the sensitive nature of the investigation, no further information will be released by the Copperas Cove Police Department until their investigation has concluded,” the statement said.

“Until then, any future information will be released by the Coryell County District Attorney’s Office or the Department of Public Safety.

Earlier Monday Coryell County officials confirmed that an officer shot a man to death after police responded to a weekend domestic violence call in a Copperas Cove neighborhood.

Coryell County Justice of the Peace John Guinn said he pronounced Kristofer Gagliardi, 24, dead at 9:50 p.m. Saturday outside of a duplex in the 500 block of Westview Lane.

Guinn said when he arrived on scene Gagliardi's body was in the yard of the duplex and there was a knife with a blade about five inches long next to him.

Guinn said it appeared Gagliardi had been shot twice in the chest.

"Officers were responding to a domestic violence call and when they arrived Gagliardi came out of the duplex with a knife," Guinn said.

Guinn said that the first officer on the scene retreated to the street in front of the duplex and that at some point fired the shot that killed Gagliardi.

Authorities ordered the body sent to Southwest Institute of Forensic Science, in Dallas, for autopsy.

On Monday Guinn said the preliminary autopsy report showed the cause of death was the two gunshot wounds to the upper body.


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