Officer Shoots Man Holding Gun at Dallas VA Clinic: Police

A uniformed Veterans Affairs officer shot a man after the man pointed a gun at the officer Friday at a South Dallas VA clinic, police say.

The man, identified later as Scott Preston, 66, walked into the clinic in the 4200 block of South Polk Street just before noon and threatened an employee, police said, so the officer working at the clinic intervened and began to issue a citation for a disturbance.

That's when Preston walked out into the parking lot, as the officer followed, and grabbed a handgun from a vehicle, witnesses told police.

Preston pointed the gun at the officer, and the officer fired, police said. Preston was transported to Methodist Central Hospital in stable condition for treatment of injuries that were described as non-life threatening.

He faces a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant.

The officer was not injured, police said.

The Veterans Administration requested that Dallas Police conduct an investigation.

In a statement released Friday, a VA spokesman said:

"VA North Texas can confirm a VA Police Officer involved shooting at our Polk Street Primary Care Clinic. The VA Police Officer is unharmed and the other individual appears to have suffered a non-lethal injury. We want to reassure our Veterans and staff that providing health care in a safe environment is our main priority, and no one inside the clinic was harmed. Veterans and Staff who would like are being provided assistance and counseling. As this is an ongoing Police investigation, we are unable to provide further details."

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