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Tarrant County deputy fatally shoots Azle stabbing suspect

A man stabbing his grandmother in a home in Azle was fatally shot by a Tarrant County deputy late Monday, authorities said.

The deputy entered the home after he heard cries of help and two other people told him that the suspect had cut them, Terry Grisham, spokesman for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department, said Tuesday.

The deputy fired once, Grisham said.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified the dead man as Kamal Dajani, 26, of Azle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities identified the deputy as Christen Jarvis, 37, who was placed on administrative leave.

“This is all under investigation,” Grisham said. “Azle police had called for help on a domestic call, and the deputy was nearby.”

The shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of Lamplighter Court.

The deputy was on the scene before Azle police arrived and came upon two stabbing victims — Dajani’s mother and brother — exiting the home.

“The deputy would have waited for backup help to arrive, but he could hear what was going on inside and time was of the essence,” Grisham said.

The deputy walked into the home and saw the attack. Dajani was holding a knife when he was shot, authorities said.

The three people who were cut and stabbed were taken to hospitals, and their conditions were not available.

Police responded to three family disturbance calls at the home in 2014, according to Azle police records.

“There were no assaults or acts of violence,” police Lt. Bill Russell said. “But the calls were made by neighbors or family members because someone was alarmed.”

Dajani was involved in all three calls but was never arrested, records show.

It was the first time Jarvis has used deadly force, authorities said.

Jarvis was hired as a detention officer in 2004 and left the Sheriff’s Department to be a police officer with Tarrant County College and the White Settlement department, authorities said.

He was rehired at the Sheriff’s Department in 2012 and had been assigned to patrol since 2013.

Jarvis, a Navy veteran, has faced no disciplinary actions, according to Sheriff’s Department records.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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