Knife-wielding runner slowed by three shots from ‘bean bag’ shotgun

Meghann Garcia

Managing editor

A knife-wielding man who was reported to police for running through backyards in an east Uvalde neighborhood was felled Monday by three shots from a repurposed 12-gauge shotgun fired by a sheriff’s deputy. The action took place as the suspect ran toward the Uvalde Memorial Hospital grounds.

Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Max Dorflinger, credited with the takedown, is currently the only deputy with an impact munition-outfitted weapon.

As Deputy Felix Rubio attempted to confiscate the knife and place 53-year-old Macario Hernandez under arrest, the suspect swung the knife at Rubio. Rubio then deployed his Taser on Hernandez.

Dorflinger was second on the scene, after UCSO Sgt. Ruben Nolasco. Initially, the Uvalde Police Department was dispatched to the area of College Lane and Garner Field Road for a report of a suspicious man with a knife, but UPD officers were impeded by ongoing construction and resulting traffic.


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