HPD: Officer-involved shooting was 'isolated incident'

Officials said the driver got out of his van and charged an officer with a knife. (Source: WAFF)
Officials said the driver got out of his van and charged an officer with a knife. (Source: WAFF)
A veteran, Reginald Owens had no criminal history, police said. (Source: Facebook)
A veteran, Reginald Owens had no criminal history, police said. (Source: Facebook)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville's Chief of Police said the man involved in Wednesday's shooting has no criminal record and they are not sure why it happened.

On Wednesday, a man driving a vehicle broke through a barricade at police headquarters, hitting two vehicles before ramming the guard gate at the complex.He rammed a patrol car that a patrolman was inside of and then lunged toward a police officer with a knife. An officer then fired at the man, according to Captain JesHenry Malone.

Chief Lewis Morris said the shooting was an isolated incident and Reginald Owens had no criminal history. Military officials confirm Owens served in the Army from 1999 until 2002. His orders included an assignment in Hawaii. He served as an Interior Electrician.

The military gave Owens a medical discharge in 2002.

They are still investigating his motive for this incident.

Owens said both officers involved asked Owens to drop his knife, but he didn't, so both officers fired shots.The officers have been placed on administrative leave, and they are expected to be back on Monday.

"Mr. Owens was, by all indications, a good man, and he has not had any contact with police," Morris said. "He has not had any contact with police and everyone is a little perplexed by what happened."

One of Owens' neighbors recently had knee surgery; she said the man often checked in on her.

"He always asked me, did I need anything, or was I okay," she told us, adding that Owens was a nice, intelligent man who loved his children.

Tom Frakes, who served in the same military unit with Owens, agreed.

"Loved his wife, loved his family, loved everything," Frakes said. "He was a God-fearing man; he was great. It was an absolute shock; he'd be one of the last people that I could place in that kind of situation."

Chief Morris said the police department will be honest and transparent with any further information they receive about the situation.

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