Sweetwater resident 50-year-old Michael Berry will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend as many are mourning his death after an hours-long standoff took place in Sweetwater on Thursday.
Sweetwater Police Chief Brian Frieda confirmed that 50-year-old Michael Berry was shot and killed by officers after Berry fired shots at them.
Frieda says it was members of the Abilene Police Department's SWAT team that were forced to shoot Berry after the suspect in an early-morning theft opened fire on the officers. The Abilene Police Department was called to help with the situation early Thursday afternoon after Berry brandished a gun in a threatening manner towards Sweetwater officers, according to Frieda.
Officers first cut power to Berry's home in an attempt to lure him out and when that didn't work, tear gas was deployed into the home. That's when Berry began firing at officers, according to Frieda.
Berry was taken to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Berry is said to have been struggling with some mental health issues recently. Many have taken to Facebook to share their thoughts and prayers with his family and share their stories about what kind of a man he will be remembered as, some saying that he has been a mentor and a caring man to those in his life.