A Texas police officer opened fire to stop a man stabbing a woman to death, according to a video released.
The incident occurred in December 2017 as the officer responded to call of a stabbing at an apartment complex. The attacker was identified as Aubrey Garrett, 52.
Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore told media,
This was a very rare moment when the officer actually came upon the offense as it was being committed and captured part of the stabbings on camera.
An eyewitness told police that the stabbing went on for 30 minutes before officers arrived at the scene
In the video, the officer was seen running and approaching the culprit telling him to "put the knife down, dude."
The attacker then says "no" and continues stabbing the victim, which led the officer to fire one shot at him.
The officer was ordering the defendant to stop and he didn't, and the officer shot once, managing to wound the defendant. He was shot low because he could see there were witnesses in windows behind the defendant and he didn't want to endanger them.
The woman, who was later identified as Andrea Faye Lindsey, died afterward. Aubrey pleaded guilty to Lindsey's murder: he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
The shooting of December 2017 was the first officer-involved shooting in the district in which body camera video was available at the scene.
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