KERRVILLE – An update has been given by the Kerrville Police Department, regarding the officer-involved shooting that occurred September 1st.
KPD stated that they were called to the 900 block of Sidney Baker Street where Sergeant Hal Degenhardt, the first responding officer, made contact with the suspect and found him to be armed with a knife.
The suspect then made his way toward the Sergeant, who retreated and repeated verbal commands telling the suspect to stop and drop the weapon, said Kerrville police.
“The suspect continued to advance with the knife toward the officer and refused to comply with the officer’s commands. Sergeant Degenhardt was forced to fire his duty weapon to protect himself,” described officials.
It was added the Sergeant Degenhardt’s body camera and his in-vehicle camera was active during the incident and investigators are investigating the footage along with the crime scene evidence.
Pending an investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Rangers, Sergeant Degenhardt was placed on non-punitive Administrative Leave.
“When the investigation is complete, the case will be sent to a Kerr County Grand Jury for review,” said KPD. “After any officer involved shooting the Kerrville Police Department also conducts a concurrent internal investigation to ensure the officer involved followed policy and procedures.”
The investigation into the officer-involved shooting is currently underway and additional information will be released at a later date.
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