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Houston, Texas — The Houston Police Department released bodycam video of a deadly officer-involved shooting where a suspect was accused of fatally running over a construction worker and stabbing a Montrose apartment manager on April 5. The suspect, Ronnie Dwayne Cesear, Jr., 27, died days later at a hospital. An autopsy found he died of “complications of penetrating gunshot wound of torso” with other contributing factors, and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. The deceased victim is identified as Carrl Hayes, 67.
Houston police officers responded to a stabbing call at an apartment complex at 811 Buffalo Park Drive, and learned a male dressed in black had driven through the lobby of the complex and was attacking people with a kitchen knife. Officers arrived and found a gray pickup truck driven through the lobby entrance and an injured man on the ground. Officers then observed a dark skinned male with curly hair wearing a black T-shirt and black pants (later identified as the suspect) walking away from the scene. When the suspect saw the officers, he turned and walked in their direction while carrying a large kitchen knife. Officers gave repeated verbal commands to the suspect to stop and drop the knife. The suspect ignored officers’ commands and continued to approach.
When the suspect got close enough, he lunged at officers with the knife. The two officers discharged their duty weapons and struck the suspect more than once. The suspect dropped the knife, but got up and attempted to flee the scene on foot. Officers followed the suspect, deployed their Conducted Energy Device (taser) and took him into custody. Once the suspect was detained, officers provided medical assistance to Mr. Hayes and the suspect. Houston Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced Hayes deceased. The suspect was transported to an area hospital. Officers then located a second male victim who had been stabbed in the back multiple times. He was transported by HFD paramedics to an area hospital where he was treated and released.
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