Texas man shot dead after knocking over construction worker, stabbing another, police say

HOUSTON – Officers shot and injured a man early Tuesday when he charged at them with a knife after he killed a construction worker with the worker’s stolen truck, crashed into the lobby of a skyscraper in Houston then stabbed someone else, police said.

The suspect hijacked the 59-year-old construction worker’s truck shortly before 3:30 a.m., police said. As the victim walked to the office of the luxury apartment building west of downtown where he worked, the suspect knocked him over and then crashed into the lobby of the building, which is still under construction but is 30% occupied, the police chief said. said Troy Finner.

The construction worker, whose name has not been released by police, died at the scene.

The building’s superintendent, who was at a desk in the lobby, was uninjured in the accident and barricaded himself in an office. The suspect got back into the truck and rammed it into the office, but the janitor was uninjured, Finner said.

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The suspect then stabbed a 51-year-old man in the back who came to the lobby after the crashes, Finner said. This victim was in stable condition.

Officers found the suspect walking down the street and repeatedly told him to drop the knife, but he refused and charged, leading them to shoot him, the chief said.

The unnamed suspect was shot at least twice but managed to get back up, leading officers to use their stun guns to subdue him, Finner said.

The suspect was taken to hospital, where he was undergoing surgery, police said.

“It’s a senseless incident. I don’t know what the motivation is, if you can even describe it. What would motivate someone to do that? Finner wondered.

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