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Teague: Police Officer Shoots Knife-Wielding Man

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

TEAGUE (February 13, 2013)—Texas Rangers were investigating Monday after a Teague officer shot a man who police say threatened another officer with a knife Friday.

Eric Jarvis, 26, of Groesbeck, was released Wednesday from Scott & White Hospital.

Teague police Chief Dennis Cox said in a news release that officers were sent just before 7 p.m. Friday to an address in the 1300 block of China Street where a caller reported a disturbance.

When officers arrived they found several people outside the house in the yard and spoke with a woman who told them she had a knife.

Police ordered the woman to drop the weapon, which she did.

But then a man, who police say was part of the disturbance, pulled out a knife and began to swing it toward officers, Cox said.

Police ordered the man to drop the knife, but instead the man raised the knife to his own throat and told police to shoot him.

Cox said the officers continued to order the man to drop the weapon.

But instead, he removed the knife from his throat and charged the officers, Cox said.

One of the officers, Travis Martin, fired his weapon and struck Jarvis twice, once in the left arm and once in the abdomen.

Jarvis was flown to Scott & White.

Neither Martin nor Officer Matt Foree was injured in the incident.

Martin was placed on administrative leave, but Cox said he would return to duty on Friday.


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