Officer Involved In Shooting That Left Man Injured Identified

Police Tuesday identified the local officer who shot a man armed with a knife who was discovered in what was supposed to be a vacant apartment.

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TEMPLE (July 30, 2013)—Temple police Tuesday identified the officer who shot a man armed with a knife who was discovered in what was supposed to be a vacant apartment as Bobby Cook.

Cook remains on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in such cases, Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said Tuesday.

Cook shot Alphonso Barrera Jimenez, 53, of Austin, after police say Jimenez threw a knife at officers who caught him in the vacant apartment at around 11:30 p.m. on July 23.

He was later charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.

Jimenez was taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple and then was transferred to the Bell County Jail after he was discharged.

He was held in lieu of $1 million bond Tuesday.

The incident happened after officers responded just before 11:30 p.m. July 23 to a report of some suspicious noises coming from an empty unit at Kensington Apartments, in the 400 block of Fryer’s Creek Lane, Wilcox said.

Witnesses told the officers they heard noises coming from the apartment unit and said the lights were on just before police arrived.

Managers told officers the apartment was supposed to be vacant.

Officers found the front door locked and began knocking, demanding that anyone inside come out.

When no one came to the door, police asked the property manager to unlock the door and let them in, and as they entered the unit a man bolted from a back room armed with a knife, Wilcox said.

The man began yelling at the officers, who ordered him to drop his weapon, but instead he threw the knife, striking one of the officers in the leg.

The knife cut through the officer’s pants leg but did not injure him, Temple police Wilcox said.

The man then pulled out a second knife and began walking toward the officers, ignoring their orders to stop and drop the weapon, Wilcox said.

As he approached, Cook fired once and shot him in the upper body, Wilcox said.

As officers continued to investigate and search the rest of the apartment, they found another man hiding in a closet, Wilcox said.

The second suspect was taken into custody without further incident, Wilcox said.

He has not been identified.

The Texas Rangers have been asked to investigate the shooting with the assistance of the General Investigations Unit of the Temple Police Department, Wilcox said.


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