By Wyatt Earp | May 22, 2011
Yesterday was a very busy in the division. We had a report of a robbery/homicide in the Olney section. Sadly, that homicide turned out to be a founded call.
Moments later, we received word that officers caught the doer in a basement a few blocks away, before shooting and killing him after he lunged at them with a knife.
Police say a 50-year-old male was stabbed in his chest during a robbery in the 5400 block of North 3rd Street. He collapsed moments later at 307 Tabor Road and was pronounced dead by medics at 10:10 a.m.
A witness followed the suspect to the 5800 block of Mascher Street and notified police. Officers located the suspect in the basement of a home and when they tried to arrest him, police say he lunged at them with a butcher’s knife. The officers then opened fire, killing the suspect.
Natch, the media either doesn’t have all of the facts of the story, so I’ll fill in the blanks. The officers found the man in a tiny basement that was about 15 feet by 15 feet. The thug refused to drop the butcher knife – which looked like something out of Crocodile Dundee – so an officer tased him. It had little effect. The man was then tased three more times, and after each shock, he got up and threatened the officers. After the fourth tasing, the man stood and lunged at the officers, knife in hand. The officers fired at the man, striking him several times, killing him.
All in all, a good shoot. That’s little comfort to the robbery victim’s family, but at least this animal won’t be killing anyone else.