Police: Man shot, killed after threatening baby with butcher knife

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by Jeffery McShan / KHOU 11 News

KMOV.com

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM

HOUSTON -- Authorities say the man who threatened a baby with a butcher knife was shot and killed by police Wednesday afternoon.

It happened around 4 p.m. when someone heard a woman screaming inside an apartment in the 2900 block of South Gessner.

Houston police responded and learned there was a woman arguing with a man inside an apartment. Officials say the man was threatening a woman and his 1-year-old son.

The unknown woman was holding the child and when officers arrived. She then dropped the baby and ran out to safety.

The suspect who police say was six-feet and four inches tall and 250 pounds picked up the child and threatened to cut him with an extra large butcher knife.

Police called the SWAT and its hostage negotiating teams to the scene.

Before they arrived, the father allegedly took his son towards a bathroom and put the knife to the boy’s throat.

“They can see him at that point put a knife to the baby’s throat and that’s when the officers weren’t taken any chances on that baby’s life, and they decided to discharge their weapons,” said Houston police PIO John Cannon. “One officer discharged a weapon. The suspect was dead at the scene.”

A Houston police officer ran in, grabbed the child and took him to safety. The boy is fine.

The woman who was involved is being interviewed by police.

The officer who shot and killed the suspect is a 10-year veteran of the police force.

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