The Corpus Christi police officer who fired his weapon while responding to a disturbance on New Year's Eve has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Officer John Tijerina, who has been with the department since July 2019, was placed on leave after shooting a suspect who allegedly produced a knife on him and two other officers.
Around 10 p.m. on Dec. 31, the officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 4100 block of Brett Street. There they were confronted by a suspect who attacked the officers with a knife, the department said in a release. Two officers were injured in the attack, and Tijerina shot the suspect.
The suspect, later identified as 33-year-old Servando Sanchez, was arrested after he was released from the hospital on Jan. 3. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (family violence), unlawful restraint, interference with an emergency call and two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer.
The two injured officers were released from the hospital early New Year's Day. Their identities were not released.
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