MIDLAND, Texas — A Midland Police Department officer was shot and killed by a homeowner who mistook him for a burglar early Tuesday morning.
According to the Midland Police Department, Officer Nathan Heidelberg, a field training officer, was responding to an alarm call at a residence early Tuesday morning.
Heidelberg, his probationary officer, and two other officers responded to the residence and announced their presence at the front door. The homeowner, despite the announcement and believing his home was being burglarized, shot toward the flashlight being held by Heidelberg — striking him above his bullet-proof vest, according to the department.
Heidelberg, who has been with the department for five years, was transported to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. His body is being transported to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.
"It is with the utmost sorry that we acknowledge the passing of our family member," stated Midland Police Department Chief Seth Herman. "Officer Nathan Heidelberg, a five-year veteran of the Midland Police Department, represented the best in all of us. He was courageous, selfless, ethical and professional. Nathan treated others with respect, regardless of their demeanor or actions."
"He was a tireless public servant who devoted every ounce of energy to this profession, the citizens and his fellow officers," he continued. "We have lost not only a great officer, but a loving brother and the most positive example of what we should all aspire to be. I wish I was more like Nathan."
According to NewsWest9, the homeowner was arrested and charged with manslaughter. He was identified by county jail records as David Wilson. His bond was set at $75,000.