Warner police chief on leave after shooting armed man

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 12/03/2013 5:21 pm Published: 12/03/2013 5:18 pm

Warner Police Chief Terry Thompson is on leave temporarily.

On Monday night FOX23 reported that the chief shot a man who was suicidal.

No police officers would comment about the incident on Tuesday, but FOX23 learned the county sheriff's office and the district attorney's office have investigators working on this case.

"He was shot in the posterior, and the bullet went through his thigh and entered into his left thigh," said Sheriff Charles Pearson.

Reports said 33-year-old Matthew Hubback was holding a knife and attempting to commit suicide when the chief shot him in the rear end.

FOX23 talked to the district attorney and learned this may be a justified action.

"Chief Thompson may very well come out to be a hero in this case," said District Attorney Larry Moore.

He said his investigation hasn't proved Thompson did anything wrong.

"What we would determine a necessary shooting, something that was required to save lives, including the person that got shot," said Moore.

At the sheriff's office officials told FOX23 that the shooting was not the first method used to try to stop Hubback.

"On all indications we got right now he was holding the knife to his chest and trying to throw himself on the knife to impel him," said Pearson.

Thompson used a Taser to stop him. But after a scuffle he persisted.

"It appeared that he was about to impel himself on the knife again. Chief Thompson fired one round, striking him in the rear end and was able to get the knife from him," said Pearson.

Hubback was taken to the hospital where he's expected to make a full recovery.

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Unwashed Mass - 12/3/2013 11:49 PM
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Taser him repeatedly, then shoot him in the backside. Makes perfect sense (not). And the 7-page confession... Didnt North Korea just make an American hostage just do that recently? Dont let this story slide fox23.

karlschneider - 12/3/2013 6:01 PM
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Good job...find a suicidal person, just shoot him. With idiots like this running the cop shop, we should all feel very safe.
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