Chapa, 18, allegedly threatened officer Donahue with knife

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

A San Diego police officer was forced to use a taser to stun an 18-year-old man Sunday, after the suspect allegedly threatened the officer with a knife.

According to San Diego Police Department reports, Officer Richard Donahue was called to a home in the 800 block of East Joseph Street shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday in reference to a disturbance.

Upon arrival, the owner of the home led the officer to a back bedroom where the owner's wife was holding her son, Emilio Chapa, 18, down on a bed.

Chapa reportedly was holding a "very large black knife" in his hand, and pushed his mother aside and stood up.

Officer Donahue drew his firearm, according to the report, and ordered Chapa to put the knife down. Chapa allegedly then raised the knife toward the officer and threatened to kill him, and then threatened to kill himself.

The officer holstered his firearm and drew his taser, but Chapa's mother stepped between the officer and her son and was able to take the knife away from him.

According to the report, Chapa seemed to be cooperating as the officer attempted to handcuff him, but began reaching for a pocket, at which point the officer activated the stun gun.

Chapa was secured and transported to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice, where he was medically cleared.

He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a public servant and was transported to the Jim Wells County jail. He remained in the jail Monday on $1,500 bond.