A 41-year old Marine vet was shot by SWAT team members in Cooperas Cove, Texas this week, after he pointed a gun at police.
Gunfire erupted Wednesday in the usually quiet, middle-class neighborhood, where Alexander Coltart lived with his parents. Police were trying to arrest Coltart on a felony warrant, stemming from an aggravated assault charge a week earlier, when he tried to run. Coltart fled through the backyard and when he stopped along North 17 Street, he pointed his rifle at the officers on scene–the Killeen Daily Herald reported.
Coltart was shot several times and taken to the hospital, but the extent of his injuries is not known.
According to the Herald article, Coltart was in the Marines for four years, entering active duty in 1998. He served with Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif., as a refrigeration mechanic. His military records do not list any deployments to combat zones.
One neighbor described the Marine vet as a “good kid,” but said he became suspicious when he witnessed Coltart loading his father’s pickup up truck with rifles shortly before the shooting happened.
The suspect’s mother told police that her son assaulted his 62-year old father “by hitting and kicking him numerous times on his head and body” rendering him unconscious. When police were at the home on July 31, Coltart’s mother told them her husband had been in bed, unconscious, for about a week.
She also said that her son had “taken control over the household” and this wasn’t the first time he assaulted his father.
When officers spoke with hospital officials, they were told that Mr. Coltart– who was on a ventilator– had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, collapsed lung and ruptured intestine –which is usually caused by blunt force trauma.
He is still unresponsive and in critical condition, the nurses said.
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