Azle Police Specify “Less-Lethal” Force That Killed Man Over the Weekend

Azle police said officers did not discharge their service weapons during the incident

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One man is dead following an incident in which Azle police officers used weapons described as "less-lethal" on Sunday, police say.

According to the Azle Police Department, officers responded to reports of an armed man with a knife who was making threats located in the Victory Christian Center parking lot on Boyd Road at approximately 7:30 a.m.

Police said when officers arrived, they attempted to deescalate the situation, but the armed man, 28-year-old George J. Gordon III, immediately advanced toward the first responding officer.

The officer used a stun gun but it was unsuccessful in stopping Gordon's attack, police said.

According to police, a second officer deployed his less-lethal weapon, a shotgun that shoots beanbags, and ultimately struck Gordon.

Police said the first bean bag momentarily stopped Gordon's approach, but he still refused to drop the knife and continued moving toward the officers.

The officer fired a second shot with his less-lethal weapon, and Gordon dropped his knife and began to comply with the officers, police said.

According to Azle police, officers administered first aid until Azle Fire Department and EMS arrived.

Police said Gordon was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

Azle police said the department requested that the Texas Rangers investigate the incident.

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