Officers Shoot and Kill Suspect After Hearing a Woman's Cry for Help


ABILENE, TX – A 51-year-old Abilene man is dead after a domestic disturbance incident led to an officer-involved shooting at a south Abilene motel.

According to the Abilene Police Department, on Monday, June 20, 2022, at 5:57 a.m., police received a call from female staying at the Super 8 motel located in the 4300 block of Sayles Blvd. Police stated the woman seemed to be in distress. Officers arrived and located the room and knocked on the door. To police, it became apparent that a disturbance was in progress inside the motel room, as a female was heard screaming for help and a male voice could be heard yelling.

Police breached the door and observed a female laying on the floor bleeding from multiple injuries to her upper body. A male was in the room standing over the female clenching a metal wrench. The male moved away from the victim as officers entered the room ordered him away from the woman. Police said the male assumed an aggressive posture, cursed at the officers, and refused to comply with commands. Then the male moved towards the officers and one officer discharged his Taser - which was ineffective. While another officer discharged his service weapon, striking the male. Once secured, first aid was rendered. However, the man died of injuries at the scene.

The female was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries and she is listed in stable condition. No police officers were injured.

The name of the male is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

In accordance with administrative policies, the officers involved have been placed on Administrative leave. The incident is being investigated concurrently by the Texas Rangers, as is the procedure for these incidents.

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