A man shot and killed Saturday by a Fort Worth police SWAT officer was pointing a flashlight at officers, not a gun as authorities thought in the moment, police said Monday.
Police said 38-year-old Cody Wayne Seals, who authorities later learned had extensive to military training and access to multiple weapons, barricaded himself in side his home in the 5700 block of 6th Avenue in Fort Worth.
Police said they responded to the address for a domestic disturbance call around 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Seals loaded a weapon and pointed a long rifle at officers, police said. He eventually exited the front door of the house holding a flashlight in a "shooting stance," police said.
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To officers, the light looked "consistent with a weapon mounted lighting system," police said. When Seals began to turn toward an officer, a member of the SWAT team shot Seals, police said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fort Worth Police major case detectives are leading an investigation into this incident, as well as Fort Worth Police Internal Affairs.
The officer who killed Seals has been with the Fort Worth Police Department for 10 years and has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard in these types of incidents.
No officers were injured and this case will be submitted to the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office for review.
NBC 5's Chris Blake contributed to this report.