GARLAND, Texas — Machete-wielding men were arrested in separate incidents this past week near Dallas and Houston.
The incident near Dallas began around 3:30 p.m., earlier today, in the area of South Third Street and Freeman Drive in Garland, Texas — which is located just east of Dallas.
"Officers were advised a man was arguing with different individuals and swung a machete at a vehicle," read a statement from the Garland Police Department.
Upon arrival, officers located 38-year-old Scott Norris in front of a residence in the 1400 block of South Third Street.
Police say Norris was still holding the machete and "yelling belligerently" at officers who were attempting to get him to drop the machete.
"While speaking with Norris, he began to advance toward officers, wielding the machete," stated the department. "One officer, an 8-year veteran, fired his duty weapon striking Norris."
Norris was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries and, after being treated, released to police custody and transported to the Garland Jail where he was being held on an aggravated assault against a public servant charge. Bond information was not available at the time of press.
Garland Police Department detectives, Internal Affairs, and members of the Dallas County District Attorney's Public Integrity Unit responded to the scene to investigate, according to standard procedures, stated the department. The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with departmental police.
Garland police say the investigation remains ongoing.
In Houston, prosecutors say Emerson Munoz wielded a machete in the parking lot of a Home Depot, located in the 6800 block of West Sam Houston Parkway, and threatened several of people on the morning of January 1, 2020.
During the incident, prosecutors say Munoz yelled racial slurs at the group and also allegedly attempted to run them over with his truck.
Munoz was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and driving while intoxicated.