Family Questioning Shooting Death of Former Soldier

Posted on May 9, 2009. Filed under: shot by police, Texas |

Corpus Christi, Texas – A Sinton family is questioning an officer involved shooting that took the life of 28 year old Sylvester Villasana Saturday evening.Several witnesses at the scene told 3 News the man was holding a cellphone up to his ear. Police say the man had a knife in his hand.

Capt. Tim Wilson of the Corpus Christi Police Departments Investigation Division says, “(the) 28 year old suspect got out of the car. He walked away officers that were following him to the empty field. He turnaround, pulled out a knife, and started walking toward an officer. The officer attempted to taze him. The tazer did not work. He kept walking toward the officer. The officer was telling him to stop and at that time, when he kept walking, the officer fired several shots.”

Eyewitnesses to the shooting say they saw a cellphone in his hand. Lara Cruz is a receptionist at a dentist office and saw the shooting. She doesn’t believe police had to shoot. More on KIItv.com

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