Teenager Shot After Lunging At Deputy Constable With Knife

GARLAND (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas County Deputy Constable shot and injured a 17-year-old suspect who lunged toward him with a knife Tuesday night, a spokesman said.

According to Garland Police Department spokesman Joe Harn, a deputy was driving his squad car in the 3600 block of Leon Road at about 8 p.m. Tuesday when Zechariah Way, 17, ran out in front of the vehicle holding a knife.

The officer got out of the car and ordered Way to drop the weapon and called for backup, Harn said. The suspect then sprinted into a nearby wooded area and the deputy chased him.

When more police arrived, Way “continued to confront deputies and would not drop his knife.”

Harn said he “moved toward one of the deputies in a threatening” manner and was shot by a six-year veteran deputy constable. It wasn’t clear whether the deputy who fired the gun was the same deputy who initially ordered Way to drop the knife.

Way was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and was taken to Baylor Hospital of Dallas. He is expected to survive his injuries.

The deputy was placed on routine administrative leave pending a Garland Police Department investigation, Harn said. His name was not released.


One Comment

  1. te says:

    If police start shooting more criminals, I can assure you that crime will drop somewhat. Right now punks know that they can take off running and they will not get shot!! When I was young VERY FEW criminals took off running.

  2. WillR says:

    The kid got off easy. In the Navy I was taught two shots to the body to disable and one to the head for the kill.

  3. elsie says:

    It must have been a Bowie knife! Right? But, the cop had a GUN! And how many times was this 17-year old teen shot? Pitiful!
    also reminded of another story of cops shooting, one they murdered was a Katrina victim…recorded as a 17 year old man, unarmed! again, another .pitiful example of thugs licensed to carry!

  4. brenda says:

    OMG ..How sad I am from colorado springs ..and this kind of Senseless actions of the police is happening here as well I feel that police are out of control his life wasn’t in any danger .

  5. paul clark says:

    I know this kid the really story isnt being released but it was a 3 inch pocket knife and they shot him 5 times. the kid has issues and is a lil slow he was probly scared and ran.

  6. eagle says:

    When more police arrived, Way “continued to confront deputies and would not drop his knife.” funny how they word that when the kid was running away and it was the deputy who kept confronting the kid to tell him to drop the knife…. and no crime was committed for the deputy to pursue the kid. as I understand it the deputy was carrying a 45 cal, out of juristiction and not in a marked police vehicle and not in a recognisable police uniform for the area.

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