A Missouri man facing foreclosure opened fire on officers attempting to serve him with eviction papers and was then shot himself, NBC station KSDK in St. Louis reported.
St. Ann, Mo., Police Chief Bob Schrader, who has known the man for 30 years, said the 51-year-old man was distraught about losing the home he grew up in.
According to KSDK, Schrader knocked on the door and the man answered holding a gun. Schrader tried to reason with him but the man was just too upset.
After police fired tear gas into the house, the man fired shots out of a window and then moved to the front of the house.
Robin Hartley, who lives nearby, said she felt the man's frustration, but firing at police just went too far.
"I have empathy for him because that was the home he grew up in and everybody is going through hard times now, but to shoot, you know, somebody just doing their job," Hartley told KSDK. "He had plenty of notice, that's insane."
The man was shot in the arm but was not in serious condition.
His name will not be released until he is charged, KSDK reported.
Msnbc.com's Louis Casiano contributed to this report from KSDK.
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