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Sheriff Deputies diffuse man with a knife situation

Maverick County Sheriff deputies were caught in a stressful situation on Saturday when they responded to an unwanted subject emergency call.

Sheriff department units responded to the 800 block of Mikulinski Road in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 19 after receiving reports of unwanted male subject at the location. Deputies arrived at the scene and observed a male subject who appeared to be in distress carrying a large kitchen knife in his left hand.

Contact was made with the subject, later identified as forty-eight-year-old Josue Rocha, who refused to leave his knife despite several requests. At that point, Rocha told deputies he had planned to hurt himself prior to running towards the backyard of the residence. Sheriff deputies then followed the subject and deployed pepper spray in an attempt to defuse the situation.

Mr. Rocha continued on foot towards the canal area before ultimately stopping and complying to deputy commands. EMS crews were then summoned to the scene to perform a medical evaluation on the subject, who was later placed under arrest after a check revealed several active warrants out of Maverick County.

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