Officers shoot, kill knife-wielding man during foot pursuit, San Marcos PD says

2 men reported suspect was following them with two large knives before officers found him

SAN MARCOS, TexasUPDATE, 4/15/24, 2:16 p.m.:

The San Marcos police department released the identity of a man killed in a shooting with police.

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Malachi Williams, 22, was shot and killed last Thursday. Several agencies continue concurrent investigations, according to a city press release.


San Marcos police shot and killed a suspect who was allegedly following people with two large knives Thursday night, according to the department.

Officers were called to a convenience store on Cheatham Street around 9:30 p.m. by two men who said a man wearing a yellow shirt and blue pants was following them. The knife-wielding man, described as a man in his 20s, walked away from the men when they called 911, SMPD said.

Police said they found the man fitting the suspect description at the convenience store an hour later after he had returned to the scene.

An officer and the suspect walked outside of the store before the man ran across nearby streets toward another business, according to SMPD.

Police were unable to stop the man using a Taser.

The man, with a knife in hand, continued running toward the business while people were in the vicinity before San Marcos police shot the man, according to a news release.

Officers provided emergency medical aid before the man was transported to Seton Hays Hospital in Kyle, where he was pronounced dead, SMPD said.

No other injuries were reported.

Police have not identified the suspect, and the Travis County Medical Examiner will determine an official cause of death.

The Texas Rangers, SMPD Criminal Investigation Division and SMPD Office of Professional Conduct are conducting concurrent investigations into the shooting.

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Ivan Herrera has worked as a journalist in San Antonio since 2016. His work for KSAT 12 and includes covering breaking news of the day, as well as producing Q&As and content for the "South Texas Pride" and "KSAT Money" series.

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