A West Texas police officer responding to a home security alarm was shot and killed early Tuesday by the owner of the home who believed he was being burglarized City officials in Midland say that Officer Nathan Heidelberg died after being struck by gunfire just above his protective vest on the 3300 block of Eagle Cove A police statement says Heidelberg, a probationary officer and two other officers were outside the home and loudly announced their presence from the open front door But the homeowner, David Charles Wilson, believed his home was being burglarized and fired shots at the flashlight Heidelberg held  Heidelberg died later at a hospital at approximately 2.

20am.

Wilson was charged with second-degree manslaughter but has since been released on $75,000 bond, MRT com.

  Share this article Share 'Upon Texas Ranger Cody Allen speaking to the homeowner, David Charles Wilson, he admitted against his penal interest he was inside the residence (in the 3300 block of Eagle Cove) and fired a handgun in the direction of Officer Heidelberg There is no current evidence of anyone else discharging a firearm in the direction of the officers,' according to the arrest affidavit  Heidelberg was a field training officer who had been employed by the department for five years Heidelberg is the first Midland officer to die in the line of duty since 1961, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page  .