A Lufkin Police officer responding to a call of a stabbing in progress in North Lufkin early Wednesday shot and killed the man when he refused to comply with commands to stop what he was doing, according to the police department.
"Preliminary information shows that the incident began as a disturbance call to dispatchers around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday in which a citizen reported that a man was stabbing another man at 620 Kurth Drive," a media release from the Lufkin Police Department stated. "When the officer arrived at the scene, he immediately saw two men fighting on the ground and believed the suspect to be stabbing the assault victim. The officer commanded the suspect several times to cease the assault before firing upon the suspect."
Both the suspect and the victim were taken to local hospitals. The suspect later died. The alleged victim's condition was not immediately known early Wednesday, according to the police department.
Law enforcement officers have not yet released the names of the two men involved in the altercation or the name of the officer who shot the stabbing suspect.
“This is a very unfortunate situation in which one of our officers was forced to take lethal action in order to save the victim of an assault,” Lufkin Police Chief Gerald Williamson said in the release. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by this tragedy.”
Around 3:10 a.m. Wednesday, Williamson could be seen offering a consoling hand to three women who came up to the scene and were crying. One of the women was sobbing hysterically and appeared to scream, "Why didn't he come home?"
The police officer involved in the shooting was not physically harmed in the incident, the police department's media release stated.
The Texas Rangers and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers could be seen investigating the scene around 5 a.m. Lufkin Police policy calls for the Rangers to investigate any shootings that involve LPD officers.
The incident occurred in front of a building that used to be a restaurant but is now divided into apartments, a police official told The Lufkin News at the scene. The two men involved in the altercation were not residents of the apartments, the official said.
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