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June 19, 2012
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Suspect takes aim at Texas officers, is fatally shot

Man called police and told dispatchers he was armed, then took aim at officers when they arrived

MyFoxLubbock.com

LUBBOCK, Texas — A man who Lubbock police say refused demands to drop a weapon when confronted by officers died from gunshots fired by a Lubbock Police officer.

During a Tuesday morning press briefing Sgt. Jonathan Stewart said police received a phone call from the suspect, 32-year-old Anthony Nichols. He told dispatchers he was armed and walking near Preston Smith Elementary, threatening those in the area. Nichols did not live in this part of Lubbock.

When police arrived on-scene they found Nichols carrying a knife, Stewart said. He then refused repeated demands to drop the weapon and took aim at officers.

"He ignored all commands and continued running at the officers," Stewart said.

According to the investigation, Nichols aggressively moved at police. This is when officer Norris Roberson fired shots at Nichols. Stewart said the initial investigation shows three shots were fired.

Nichols was hospitalized. He was pronounced dead early Tuesday.

As per standard protocol, officer Roberson is on paid administrative leave. He has been on the Lubbock Police force for five years.

Reprinted with permission from MyFoxLubbock.com






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