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HPD Officer shoots and kills a knife wielding man in South Houston.
Officer shoots knife wielding man
Officer fatally shoots knife-wielding man in south Houston
By CINDY GEORGE HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Oct. 10, 2009, 11:00AM
A Houston police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding man who fatally stabbed a neighbor and injured his girlfriend Friday night.
Officers responded to an assault with weapons call around 11:40 p.m. at the Cobblestone Apartments in the 8400 block of Winkler Drive.
“As officers arrived, they saw the male suspect stabbing a female victim on the second-floor landing,” Houston Police Department spokesman Kese Smith said.
When they got upstairs, officers observed the man stabbing another male who attempted to intervene and rescue the 42-year-old woman. The injured man, a neighbor, collapsed.
Two officers, one identified as Officer M. Marin, drew their weapons and ordered the suspect to drop the knife.
“The suspect failed to comply and instead raised the knife to stab the male again,” Smith said, “That’s when Officer Marin fired two shots — striking the suspect in the arm.”
Wounded, the man with the knife lunged toward Marin.
“The officer, fearing for his life, fired a third round — striking the suspect in the head,” Smith said.
The man with the knife and his neighbor were both pronounced dead at the southeast Houston complex, Smith said. Police have not released their identities pending verification from the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The woman, whose name has not been released, was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital with multiple stab wounds. Smith said she is in stable condition and is expected to survive.
Marin, who joined the force two years ago and works in the traffic enforcement division, will be placed on the standard three days of administrative duty, Smith said.
According to city records, a Matthew Jacob Marin joined the police department in 2007.
The incident will be investigated by the HPD homicide division, HPD internal affairs and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, which is customary for all officer-involved shootings.
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Sad to say that the neighbor got killed for trying to do the right thing.
Sad about the neighbor, but the LEO did the right thing...2CM/1H...(And that 1H is usually the 'stopper'.)
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This shows just how bad a knife can be in the hand of determined person. From every thing I have read I am coming to respect a knife as much or more than a hand gun at very short distances.
This comes under : "man, are you dumb; bringing a knife to a gun fight".
I would like for that officer to get a medal. Hes the one who is right.
It shows a lot of restraint by shooting to disarm, first. Then, when he had to, he put the shot where it stopped the assault.
That city trains their police very well.
Uneeded in this case.
The man was in the act of killing someone. He should have put two in head as soon as he witnessed the act.
Further I would go so far to say same applies toward a civilian in coming upon the exact same scenario/situation.
Depending on local and state laws of course.
It says, 'When the officers arrived'...
I'd be willing to bet the 'neighbor good samaritan' wished that one of the officers had remained below to shoot at the man attacking the woman with the knife while his buddy proceeded up to the second floor.
It's too bad the next door neighbor lost his life trying to defend the woman.
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Too bad for the neighbor, but if he had a gun, he could have shot the guy with the knife instead of the officer and ended it there.
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So many murderers, rapists and robbers in the news, these days. Did some fool invent "dirty SOB" juice and dump it into the muni water supplies of the nation? The economy must be driving tensions.
Caught in the act of attempted murder, killed one good sam, ignored being shot twice, continued to attempt killing his victim, attacked the police. Got stopped cold. Sounds like the right and proper result, for the cowardly murderer.
As for the good sam neighbor, at least he saved the person, the original victim of the knife attack.. But, apparently he waded into a situation completely unable to stop the attack. I'm all for assisting, but we learn Rock/Paper/Scissors from a young age to help teach reasonable tool selection. Perfect situation for a firearm.
I simply can't imagine going after an enraged, knife-wielding murderer (apparently) completely unarmed.
Just another example of proof that the world is getting crazier by the day.
Had the neighbour been armed the outcome would of been different,in Tx we can use deadly force when defending a 3rd party
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Anyway, sad to hear about the good Samaritan.