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Homeowner who shot, killed Texas police officer charged

Officer Nathan Hayden Heidelberg was responding to an alarm call in North Midland when he was...
Officer Nathan Hayden Heidelberg was responding to an alarm call in North Midland when he was shot and killed. David Charles Wilson was charged and arrested in connection to shooting.(KOSA)
Published: Mar. 5, 2019 at 10:32 AM CST
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A West Texas man is charged with second-degree manslaughter after authorities say he admitted shooting at a police officer who had come to his home to investigate a home security alarm.

An arrest affidavit says David Charles Wilson told an investigator that he was inside his Midland home early Tuesday when he fired toward Officer Nathan Heidelberg.

Heidelberg, a five-year police veteran, was shot just above his protective vest.

He later died at a hospital.

Wilson was taken to the Midland County jail and later released after posting bond.

Authorities say other officers heard Heidelberg loudly announce that police were at the home before the shot was fired.

But Wilson's attorney, Brian Carney, said in a statement obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Wilson thought a home invasion was underway and only fired to protect his family.

An internal email obtained by multiple media sources said that Heidelberg, his probationary police officer, plus two additional officers responded to the burglar alarm.

The homeowner then shot toward the flashlight the officer was holding.

Law enforcement agencies across West Texas have shared their support for the Midland Police Department.