Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis says man armed with a knife and also slinging a tree branch was shot and killed by a deputy on Monday afternoon. Davis said it happened after the deputy responded to a call on Villa Road, just northeast of Kountze, after a woman called and reported that she had been assaulted by her son and that he took her keys and stole her car.

Davis said when the deputy arrived, the son, 31-year-old Joshua Chase Conner, wasn’t there. However, Davis said Conner returned as the deputy was speaking to his injured mother and he came after the deputy with the knife and tree limb.

Davis said the deputy fired twice, striking Conner at least once, and resulting in his death.

Davis says the deputy, who has not been identified, was forced to shoot Conner. An autopsy and toxicology report has been ordered on Conner.

According to Davis, an autopsy and toxicology tests will be performed on Conner. Meanwhile, Davis said although it appears to be a very justified use of deadly force, the Texas Rangers have been brought in to investigate which is standard procedure in an officer involved shooting.

Davis noted that his deputies have dealt with problems caused by Conner on numerous occasions.

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