Police shooting near local school leaves man dead

(Photo by Ke'Sha Lopez)
(Photo by Ke'Sha Lopez)(KWTX)
Published: Apr. 13, 2018 at 9:33 AM CDT
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Waco police shot and killed a knife-wielding man Friday morning in a home near Kendrick Elementary School in Waco.

Authorities did not immediately name the man, but family members identified him as Kenneth Warren Resendez, 34.

A Waco ISD spokesman said the school was not locked down because campus police had learned from radio traffic that the situation was under control.

Officers responded to a report of a disturbance at around 8:40 a.m. Friday at the home at 3825 Speight Ave., police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

The residents said a man in the home “was freaking out,” throwing and breaking objects and holding the other residents at bay with a knife.

Officers determined that one of the five adult residents of the home was armed with a handgun and was trying to protect himself from the suspect, who was armed with a knife, Swanton said.

One shot was fired before officers arrived in an attempt to keep the suspect at bay, Swanton said.

Two officers went to the door of the home and as one of them entered the home, he heard the resident with the gun pleading with the suspect to put down the knife.

The officer also began to urge the suspect to drop the weapon.

"He didn't put it down. The officer felt threatened and discharged his firearm. The suspect went down and the officers immediately started calling for medical aid for that individual," Swanton said.

Officers immediately called for an ambulance, he said, and got other family members out of the house.

Resendez died at the scene.

The man’s father, Richard Resendez, a local pastor, said Friday evening that his son wanted him to shoot him.

He said he couldn’t do that.

Kenneth Resendez was the father of three children and was having child support issues, his father said.

No children were in the home at the time of the incident, Swanton said.

Streets were closed in the area of Speight Avenue and Columbia Street.

The intersection is about two blocks north of the school.

The shooting was the third incident this week in the area of the school.

Late Tuesday night, a portable classroom caught fire.

The portable was being used as an art classroom and the art teacher relocated to the school’s library for the time being.

The fire came in the middle of STAAR testing for Kendrick students, which started Tuesday and finished up Wednesday.

On Thursday, gusty winds topped a power pole and a delivery truck clipped a low-hanging power line, leaving the school in the dark for much of the day.

Classes continued as scheduled as crews worked to restore power.

(Ke'Sha Lopez, Tainia Maya, John Carroll and Matthew Ablon contributed to this story)