SANDIA - A morning call to a home on the 12000 block of North Highway 359 left a 28-year-old man dead after a Jim Wells County Sheriff deputy shot him in the chest.
The mother of Sean Louis Justice called deputies to the home because of his erratic behavior. According to sheriff officials, deputies had been to the residence several times in the last week.
"Justice made attempts to strike the (deputy) with the axe. In doing so the (deputy) warned him and told him to calm down, but he just lost it," said JWC Sheriff Daniel Bueno.
The first deputy who arrived at the scene called for backup.
"When we arrived the situation got worse than what we anticipated. The individual wanted to commit suicide," Bueno stated. "He had an axe. He barricaded himself in the house where he lived alone."
The SWAT team prepared to enter as JWC Precinct 5 Constable Robert Vasquez tried to call him out. Vasquez had been to the residence before. However, Justice did not obey any commands.
"We made every attempt to get him out," Bueno stated. "Than he stepped out to the back of his residence; his wrists were cut and bleeding."
Again law enforcement attempted to make contact, but instead he went back inside. When the deputies went inside the residence to locate Justice, he was swinging a bayonet, a military knife.
"He threw the knife at one of the deputies striking him in the leg," Bueno stated. "That is when (the deputy) shot him."
Deputy Christopher Bowen shot Justice in the chest.
"The (deputies) are trained for incidents such as this," Bueno said. "They did what they had to do to protect themselves."
Bowen has been with the department for approximately five years. He was place on administrative leave with pay, pending investigation.
Precinct 6 Justice of Peace Jose Rodriguez was called to the scene and pronounced Justice dead at 11:50 a.m.
The case is being investigated by the Texas Rangers.
Corpus Christ Police and Fire Department, Corpus Christi Bomb Squad, Department of Public Safety and Orange Grove Police Department also assisted.