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Weatherford, Texas — On Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at 9:30am an employee from First Financial Bank at 745 Adams Drive called Weatherford Police Department To report a male behaving strangely in the parking lot. At 09:37am Officer Yarbrough arrives on scene and obtains a suspect description and last known direction of travel. The bank employee also made the officer aware that the subject had left behind the broken blade of a knife. At 09:39am Officer Lazo located the subject on foot in front of Olive Garden. As Officer Lazo approached the subject, he began running westbound towards the north service road of I20. As Officer Lazo pulled onto the service road the subject sat down on the roadway intentionally trying to be struck by passing vehicles.
As Ofc Lazo pulled in behind the subject, he observes the subject reach into his pocket and pull out a knife. At 09:40am the subject runs from the westbound to the eastbound lanes of I20, almost being struck by several vehicles, and lays down in the roadway. As officers approached, the subject turned, and a knife could be clearly seen in his hands. Officer Yarbrough put away his handgun and retrieved his JPX Peppergun. The subject raised up and threw the knife from his right hand over his shoulder, and at the same time Officer Yarbrough delivered one shot from the JPX. Officers continued to give verbal commands to the subject, to which he did not comply. Therefore, a second follow-up shot from the JPX was delivered to the subject.
After the second shot was delivered, the subject became more compliant and followed the commands of the officers. He was subsequently placed in handcuffs and removed from the roadway. An extensive search of the area led to the discovery of the knife which had been thrown during the incident, which was collected for evidence. The subject was treated by LifeCare due to the effects of the pepper spray as well as exhibiting signs of a condition known as “excited delirium”, which is a medically dangerous state characterized by extreme agitation and delusion. Due to the mental crisis witnessed by Officers and statements from involved parties, the subject was transported to a medical facility for emergency detention. The subject has no pending WPD charges.
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