Police: Suspect Armed with Large Knife Shot Dead by Officer

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Police in Stockton say that a suspect armed with a knife was shot and killed by an officer late Sunday morning.

The scene is at Airport Way and Sixth Street, near the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Authorities tell FOX40 that officers were following up on a different incident when a car of interest drove by around 11 a.m.

Officers pulled the car over, but noticed the a known suspect in the back seat of the car, police say. The suspect got out and reportedly rushed the officer with a 19 1/2 inch knife, forcing the officer to open fire. According to a release from the Stockton Police Department, the officer fired three shots and struck the man — identified as 45-year-old Donald Haynes — at least once.


Police say this was the weapon wielded by Hayes. (Courtesy: Stockton Police)

Police say that, in spite of being shot, Hayes still didn’t comply with their orders, so a K-9 officers was sent at him. Still, Haynes didn’t comply, forcing the officer to hit him with a baton. Haynes was eventually taken into custody and then rushed to the hospital, but later died from his injuries, police say.

READ: Haynes Wife Explains what Happened

Haynes was already on parole for an assault with deadly weapon charge, police say. The night before, police say that Haynes had attacked a woman at a home along Carpenter Road. Officers responding to the scene heard a woman screaming from inside. Officers then broke down the door and intervened,  but Haynes got away.

Investigators are currently looking into the incident. The officers involved in the incident are said to be OK.

Nicole Comstock, Carlos Rodriguez and Cecilio Padilla contributed to this report.

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  • kadam121

    Yeah right, went after a cop with a knife while they have guns on him, bull crap. So they shoot him put the dog on him then beat him with there stick, man this guy was tuff kill. what next run him over with there car. those cop really think the public are stupid,,, whatever… when they want you dead you will be dead.

  • normalguyroger

    If the guy charges an officer with a knife, machete, or sword, then he deserves to be shot and killed. There's no way you can say the cops planted a knife that large on him. The way I see it is that the cops saved the taxpayers millions of dollars. I, for one, an thankful