A Lufkin Police Officer responding to a call of a stabbing in progress early Wednesday morning, shot and killed the assault suspect when the suspect refused to comply with the officer’s commands to stop the assault.

According to a release from the Lufkin Police Department, preliminary information shows that the incident began as a disturbance call to dispatchers around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday in which a citizen reported that a man was stabbing another man at 620 Kurth Drive. When the officer arrived at the scene, he immediately saw two men fighting on the ground and believed the suspect to be stabbing the assault victim. The officer commanded the suspect several times to cease the assault before firing upon the suspect.

The suspect and victim were transported to local hospitals, where the suspect later died. The victim’s condition was not immediately known early Wednesday. The officer was physically unharmed during the incident.

“This is a very unfortunate situation in which one of our officers was forced to take lethal action in order to save the victim of an assault,” Chief Gerald Williamson said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by this tragedy.”

The incident remains under investigation by the Texas Rangers, per Department policy regarding officer-involved shootings. Please defer additional questions to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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