A man was shot and killed by two on-duty Abilene Police Department officers early Wednesday morning, after attacking both officers with a knife.
A press release from APD said were called to a convenience store in the 2400 block of South First Street at 2:27 a.m. The clerk said a black male, standing 6’3” and wearing a black hoodie with white jeans, took a can of beer from the store and was leaving without paying. He pushed the clerk and ran out of the store towards the railroad tracks.
Police arrived on scene and gathered information on the suspect, then searched north of the railroad tracks. A subject matching the description was found north of the tracks, where the suspect fled on foot.
Officers pursued the suspect into the backyard of a residence in the 300 block of Westmoreland Street. Officers tried to arrest the suspect, who then attacked them.
Both officers tried to Taser the individual, but both were unsuccessful because of his clothing. The male then attacked the officers with a knife. Both officers responded by shooting the suspect.
All three were transported to the hospital, where the suspect was pronounced dead.
The two officers were treated for significant injuries and eventually released from the hospital.