Assistant police Chief Brian Manley held a press conference downtown Sunday morning, and said that the 911 caller reported that the gunman had shot someone around 4:50 a.m. and was continuing to fire shots around the lobby.
During a call to the police, Manley said, the 911 operator heard crying and yelling in the background.
He said an emergency dispatcher got a call about a man in the hotel lobby “walking around with a gun”.
Manley said the first officers on scene a few minutes later saw the man run into the hotel. When police arrived they witnessed that the man had a rifle and engaged the suspect. He said the man fired several shots inside the hotel, including some at police.
The gunman had allegedly shot and killed a hotel guest, whose body was lying on the floor of the hotel lobby when police arrived.
Manley says the investigation is very early on so they’re still trying to work out all of the details of the complicated scene.
Manley said the officer involved in killing the gunman is a five-year veteran. Officials said the shooting happened in the lobby. Officers told him to disarm but refused.
Police were dispatched to a neighborhood near the 10600 block of Golden Quail Drive. At 4:10 a.m. officers found the distraught man, confronted the individual who had a weapon, then the individual went back inside.
The names of the officer and two people killed were not immediately released.
When they found him at his home he was carrying a weapon, according to Manley.
Manley said the officers involved in the shooting have also been placed on administrative leave.