Police standoff

The Kaufman County Sheriff’s tactical team moves in on an apartment on Cates Dr. Friday afternoon.

A south Kaufman neighborhood became an active shooter crime scene Friday morning, July 15.

The area along Cates Dr. at the Meadow View Apartments off Hwy. 34 was cordoned off and residents escorted from nearby units after a gunshot was fired during a welfare check.

Carl McIntosh, 53, was found dead in his apartment of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, but only after a tense couple of hours for policemen, residents and businesses in the area.

According to the apartment’s maintenance person, McIntosh regularly paid his rent on time and could be seen walking to work and walking his dogs.

But when the rent did not get paid and no one had seen him for a few days, management became concerned and asked police to check on him.

He did not respond when an officer knocked just before 11 a.m. The maintenance man noticed a window unlocked, and the officer attempted entry through it, announcing that the police were coming in.

He heard a gun shot and immediately exited and moved away.

“At that point, you’ve got to get out of there,” Police Chief Dana Whitaker said.

Both ends of Cates were blocked off, and police moved residents from adjacent apartments away from the scene.

Police attempting to contact McInrtosh got no response by phone.

The sheriff’s department’s tactical unit was requested.

After tear gas was fired into the apartment, the tactical unit entered shortly after 1 p.m. to find McIntosh dead of a gunshot wound.

Several neighbors said the man had been suffering recently from medical issues.

A memorial service is planned Thursday at 7 p.m. at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home.

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