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Garland officers shoot, kill man armed with knives

Two Garland officers shot and killed a man armed with two large knives Friday night who had begun advancing toward them, police said. The officers, a 13-year veteran and 3-year veteran, have been placed on administrative leave.
Two Garland officers shot and killed a man armed with two large knives Friday night who had begun advancing toward them, police said. The officers, a 13-year veteran and 3-year veteran, have been placed on administrative leave. Star-Telegram archives

Two Garland officers on Friday shot and killed a man armed with large knives who had begun advancing toward them, police said.

Jason Xavier Salas, 52, was identified as the man on Sunday.

The officers, a 13-year veteran and a 3-year veteran, have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation, per department policy.

They encountered Salas around 10:30 p.m. Friday when they responded to a disturbance involving a weapon in the 200 block of E. Interstate 30, police said. A caller had reported there was a man was in a parking lot with two machetes who was slashing tires and stabbing the hoods of cars.

The officers found Salas carrying two large knives, police said. They reportedly shouted at the man to drop the knives, but he ignored their commands and began advancing toward them with the knives still in his hands.

Both officers fired their weapons toward Salas and struck him, police said.

The man was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Garland detectives and members of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office were investigating the shooting.

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