Fatal Gladewater shooting is second by area police in two days
POSTED: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 9:21am
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 2:54pm
GLADEWATER — A man wielding a knife was shot and killed Tuesday morning by Gladewater police in the second such incident in East Texas in as many days.
Police declined to identify the dead man, but family members at the scene identified him as Willie B. Green, 56.
According to police, Green was shot after refusing to drop a knife and twice being hit with an electronic stun device.
A day earlier, a 19-year-old man was shot to death by Kilgore police officers who said they were stabbed repeatedly by the man. One of the two officers remained hospitalized Tuesday.
In Gladewater, officers responded about 11:15 a.m. to a report of a fight in the alley behind a business in the 200 block of South Main Street.
When they arrived, Police Chief Farrell Alexander said, officers entered the business — B&C Furniture — and found Green with a knife.
“Officers advised the man several times to drop the knife, and he refused to comply with the officers’ commands,” Alexander said.
Failing that, he said officers twice attempted to stop the man with an electronic stun device known as a Taser — but with no effect.
“The man was able to fight the effects of the Taser and charged the officers,” Alexander said. “At that point, the suspect was shot.”
Green was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
In the hours after the shooting, family members huddled around the front of a gas station across from the store where Green was shot. Questions were raised about whether officers had followed protocol.
“Shoot him in the leg, Taser him until he can’t take any more,” said Green’s relative, Jabar Miller. . “Police officers are trained to protect and disable, not to kill. This just doesn’t make any sense.”
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