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Jesse Juarez, 65
Lockhart, Texas
April 01, 2016

Agencies: Texas Department of Public Safety | Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Texas

Last updated: 8 months ago

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Juarez was shot dead by a deputy who found him armed with a shovel, according to the sheriff's office. The deputy had arrived to deal with a reported burglary of a home, and Juarez was suspected of being responsible.

After speaking to the homeowners the deputies proceeded to search for the suspect in the immediate vicinity of the residence. Shortly thereafter the homeowner flagged down one of the deputies and notified him that the suspect had returned to the scene. The deputy observed the unknown male standing nearby holding a long-handled, bladed weedcutter commonly known as a yoyo. The deputy drew his weapon and ordered the individual to drop the weedcutter. The suspect refused and began advancing towards the deputy. The deputy began retreating while continuing to order the suspect to drop the weedcutter. After each command to drop the weedcutter the suspect stated “no” and continued to advance towards the deputy. The yoyo was raised in an upright position over the suspects shoulder. The deputy continued to retreat across the breadth of the street and into an adjacent field as the suspect continued to advance. At that point the deputy fired three shots striking the suspect. EMS responded to the scene but was unable to save the life of the suspect.

The entire incident was captured on video by a camera mounted in a patrol car. That video is being reviewed by the Texas Rangers and will ultimately be made public.