Corpus Christi, TX – Cell phone footage captured the moment that a pipe-wielding suspect attempted to attack a Corpus Christi police officer (video below).
The altercation occurred at the intersection of Gollihar Road and Weber Road just after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, after Corpus Christi police received multiple reports that a man was swinging a large pipe at passing motorists, KIII reported.
When the officer arrived at the scene, he approached the suspect and began giving him commands, a witness said.
“He didn’t do what the cop said,” David Saucedo explained to KIII. “The guy got aggressive and [the officer] shot him.”
Cell phone footage showed the attacker as he took a swing at the officer using the large metal pipe, which appeared to be several feet long.
The officer fired multiple rounds, at which point the suspect dropped the weapon and collapsed onto the ground.
The officer then moved towards the wounded suspect, and protected him by redirecting traffic safely around the area where the attacker had collapsed, the video showed.
The man was rushed to a local hospital, and his condition has not been released, Corpus Christi Police Chief Mike Markle told KIII.
The officer was not injured during the altercation, Corpus Christi Police Lieutenant Michael Pena told the Caller Times.
He has been placed on administrative leave, as per protocol.
“We ask the public to please allow sufficient time for a thorough investigation in this case,” Nueces County Assistant District Attorney Matt Manning said in a press release. “When the investigation is concluded and the case file is turned over to our office, we will review the evidence thoroughly and impartially.”
“To the parties involved, we offer our most sincere sympathies,” Manning added. “Events such as these shake the individuals involved and the surrounding community. We will review this incident fairly and incisively to ensure a fair and just outcome.”
You can watch cell phone footage of the confrontation between the officer and the pipe-wielding attacker in the video below: