A man called police to help his distressed wife. They wound up killing her. (VIDEO)

A man called police to help his distressed wife. They wound up killing her. (VIDEO)

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

The man told a 911 operator that his wife was in distress. He wanted a mental health officer sent to their south Austin apartment to help calm things down.

Austin police changed their tactics when the man warned that the situation had grown perilous: His wife, he said, had picked up a gun.

Instead of the mental health officer responding to the Club at Summer Valley apartments, two other officers crept closer to building 744. They put cover between themselves and the distraught woman’s apartment, cautious as they tried to make contact.

The woman, identified Monday as Micah Dsheigh Jester, found the police first, emerging suddenly from a breezeway — her arm extended, a gun pointed at officers.

Police later said that it was a replica semiautomatic BB gun.

But the responding officers didn’t know that during the tense and, ultimately, fatal encounter.

“She extended the weapon toward the officers and said ‘Shoot me. Shoot me. Kill me,’ ” Assistant Chief Troy Gay told reporters early Sunday.

“The officers were giving her verbal commands the whole time telling her to drop the weapon.”

Instead, Gay said, she edged closer to them.

Both officers fired, Gay said.

Jester fell to the sidewalk, wounded. But she still had the BB gun.

“The female was still moving,” Gay said. “The weapon was still underneath her. And she . . . was still a threat.”

Other officers had arrived by that point, and the group tried to disarm Jester without getting shot, Gay said. On the ground, she continued to ask officers to kill her.

“As they were approaching her to disarm her, the female had the weapon in her hand,” Gay said.

An officer fired several more shots.

Jester, 26, was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later.

“Our hearts go out to everyone involved in this tragic incident,” Austin police said in a statement Monday.

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