Officials say Texas police officers shot deadly a man armed with a gun while stopping the theft of the catalytic converter.
Corpus Christi Interim police chief David Blackmon said police were walking in the parking lot on Monday morning when he found a man blocking a catalytic converter under his car.
When police tried to arrest him, another man approached him and pulled out his pistol, police said. According to police, police officers let go of the man and “subsequently engaged with a second subject” to shoot him.
The man was taken to the hospital and died of an injury.
Police said the man the police first tried to arrest fled and was not found by the afternoon.
The police officer took a leave of absence.
“I’m not saying they did something wrong, because of the mental health and investigation of the policeman,” Blackmon said. “We want to do everything properly, so we take them off. Officers are brought back as soon as possible.”
Theft of catalytic converter According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, it has “surged” in the United States since March 2020. According to the organization, there were an average of 1,203 thefts per month in 2020, compared to 282 per month in 2019.
According to the National Insurance Crimes Agency, the value of the metals used to make devices (platinum, palladium, rhodium) has increased “significantly” and recyclers pay $ 50 to $ 250 per catalytic converter. ..
Corpus Christi is a city on the Gulf Coast, about 150 miles south of San Antonio.