TEMPLE (July 25, 2013)--Alphonso Barrera Jimenez, 53, of Austin, who was shot after police say he threw a knife at officers who caught him in what was supposed to have been a vacant apartment, was charged with aggravated assault on police officer Thursday.
Jimenez was in serious, but stable condition Thursday at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
He will be transferred to the Bell County Jail after he’s released from the hospital, police Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said Thursday.
The incident happened after officers responded just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday 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, one of the officers fired once and shot him in the upper body, Wilcox said.
The man was taken by ambulance to Scott & White.
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.
The officer who fired the shot will be placed on paid administrative leave during the shooting investigations.
The leave is policy-driven, routine, and required per procedure in all police action shootings, Wilcox said.