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Man fatally shot after injuring La Marque officer with sword

December 4th, 2017 - Comments Off

LA MARQUE, Texas — A 62-year-old La Marque man is dead and an officer is on administrative leave following a confrontation involving a sword.

Investigators say a veteran officer reportedly shot Greg Ham once after the latter allegedly cut the officer in the face with a sword.

After an earlier incident at his neighbor’s home before 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Ham had retreated to a small shed where he lived off Retama Street.

“He got pretty aggressive with me,” said neighbor Felice Staples.

The neighbor told reporters she called 9-1-1 Sunday night after Ham forced his way into her home. The woman says Ham was waving the sword threateningly.

She reportedly ran to another room and says Ham then piled furniture up against the door so she couldn’t get out.

Staples says Ham, who is also her friend, allegedly ransacked her home.

“It scared me. I’m usually not people who get scared, but I ran and shut my door. He was real close to me with it. He says I’m gonna get some food. I know that sounds so, he was like that, I was like whoa,” Staples said.

Ham reportedly ran from the home and he was found by police at the property next door.

Authorities reportedly identify the officer as Jose Santos, who was also with his K-9 partner “Rocky.” Both are expected to make a full recovery. Santos has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation, as per department policy on officer-involved shooting.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s office are each conducting independent investigations into the incident. A grand jury will ultimately decide if the deadly shooting was justified.

Mfrances is a news writer for NinjaCOPS.com where you can get high quality wholesale stun guns, self-defense weapons, and rechargeable stun gun flashlights.

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