Kirbyville, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Kirbyville Police Department arrested a Jasper County man after he allegedly tried to attack an officer with a knife.
According to Sergeant Josh Hancock, he was inside of the Kirbyville Police Department on Monday around 4 p.m., when he noticed Eric Keith approaching the building from the south with blood coming from his right arm.
Hancock said he approached Keith outside of the building and asked him what happened to his arm, but he did not respond and continued to approach Hancock. He noticed Keith was trying to pull a knife out, so he backed into the station.
Keith came inside of the building, with the knife half out of its containment, threatening to stab Hancock. Hancock said he pulled out his pistol and repeatedly asked Keith to throw the knife to the ground, but he refused and began yelling, "Shoot me. Shoot me."
Another officer heard the commotion and entered the room and ordered Keith to drop the weapon. Hancock was then able to taser Keith and get the knife out of his hand.
Keith's injuries were treated. When he was interviewed by police, he told the KPD officers that he tried to cut his wrist at a gas station but could not do it.
Keith was arrested for assault of a public officer, which is a felony, and booked in the Jasper County Jail, where he will evaluated and received mental health treatment.