Police in Texas discovered two people dead and took who they believe is the couple’s son into custody after a brief gunfire fight, authorities said.
The officer, who has not been publicly named, arrived on the scene, police said, and found 20-year-old Michael V. Burger armed with a rifle and shotgun.
Burger allegedly shot at the officer, who then returned fire, according to police.
The suspect surrendered his weapons and the officer arrested him. The victims, a man and woman in their 50s, were found dead outside the apartment complex.
“I couldn’t even imagine what was going on in his head, why he took his parent’s lives or why he gave up, I don’t know,” Police Chief William McManus said.
Burger faces charges of capital murder in connection to the victims' deaths, and he was being held on $500,000 bond.
Neither the suspect nor the officer suffered any injuries. Officials have not released a possible motive for the deadly shooting.