A Wichita Falls, Texas man who threatened police with a machete will have to leave his big knife behind when he changes his address to prison after being sentenced in 89th District Court yesterday, Friday, Nov. 1, according to an article in today's, Wichita Falls Times Record News newspaper. Russell Dale Patterson, 20, was sentenced to two concurrent 11-year prison sentences while a third charge was dismissed.
Members of the Wichita Falls Police Department did an excellent job taking the deadly weapon away from Patterson without having to shoot him in the process. Texas law allows peace officers to use deadly force against an individual who threatens them with deadly force.
A Wichita Falls District Court judge sentenced Patterson to 11 years in the big house for aggravated robbery and aggravated assault on a public servant. The theft of a firearm charged was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
Patterson's odyssey began in the early morning hours of Jan. 9 when he called for a taxi from the Walmart at 5131 Greenbriar, Wichita Falls, using an employee's phone. Patterson reportedly then donned a ski mask, put a gun to the driver's head and requested a donation to himself. Evidently, the cabdriver, was not anxious to contribute to the gunman and sped away as Patterson tumbled from the vehicle.
Patterson evidently has a penchant for Walmarts as he was reported stealing a machete from the store located on Central Freeway. An employee from this Walmart called police around 1:30 a.m. saying there was a man in the parking lot with a machete which had been stolen from the store.
A Wichita Falls police officer located Patterson in the 2600 block of Central Freeway and did a remarkable job arresting him without injury to anyone. The situation appeared especially perilous when Patterson brandished the machete and informed the law enforcement officer, "You're going to have to shoot me."
The Walmart on Lawrence Road was the only one of the chain's stores in Wichita Falls to be left out of the action during this criminal episode.
Chief of Police Manuel Borrego has done an excellent job training his officers as evidenced by this example of disarming a potentially dangerous suspect without harm to either the officer or the detainee.
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