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Man shot by Temple police after throwing knives at them

POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 7:22pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 7:34pm

A man who threw a knife at Temple police is now in serious, but stable condition at a local hospital after an officer stopped him with gunfire.

Late Wednesday night, residents of The Kensington Apartments heard strange noises and light coming from what should be a vacant apartment.

They called the cops to come check it out.

“Officers went up to the door, knocked very loudly while announcing they were police and requested anybody in the apartment to come out," said Cpl. Christopher Wilcox of Temple PD. "They received no response and said they didn’t hear anything coming from that side of the apartment.”

The property manager then used a master key to open the door. Once again, the police warned anybody inside they wore badges and that they were coming in.

“At about this time, a male subject came out from a backroom. He had a knife in his hand and started to approach officers. The officers ordered him to drop the knife and stop where he was. The suspect then threw the knife at the officers and actually struck one in the lower leg," said Wilcox.

The man then drew another knife and started to approach the two cops.

That is when one officer shot the man. The two officers preformed first aid and called EMS immediately.

“The suspect who was shot was transported to Scott and White Hospital where he is receiving treatment," said Wilcox. "The last update I had was that he is in serious, but stable condition.”

The incident will be reviewed outside of the department by the Texas Rangers.

The identity of the officers and the suspect will be released soon by Temple PD.


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