Irving officers fatally shoot domestic violence suspect


Irving police shot and killed a man who attacked his wife and held her at knifepoint.

Police said the shooting happened around 6 a.m. Tuesday in the 1400 block of S. Story Road, which is near Shady Grove Road.

Family members of both the deceased suspect Rodney Henderson and his wife say there was a long history of domestic violence.

Police say Henderson’s wife called 911 to report that her husband was trying to kill her with a knife. He had already cut her and was holding her against her will in an upstairs bedroom.

Responding officers said they heard screaming from inside the home so they forced their way in and found Henderson holding his wife at knifepoint.

Police said Henderson refused to comply with the officers’ demands to drop two large knives and release the victim. A less-than-lethal use of force was not effective, police said.

“Due to the victim and the officers being in imminent danger of being seriously injured or killed, one officer discharged his duty weapon striking the suspect,” Irving police said in a statement.

Henderson’s wife was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was also taken to the hospital where he later died.

Some family members say Henderson was hearing impaired and the officer overreacted.

"He's not justified for what he did because he was wrong,” said Henderson’s nephew, Floyd. “But all they had to do was tase him."

Police say officers were aware of Henderson’s impairment but had routinely communicated with him verbally in the past without issue because he was a registered sex offender.

“When you love someone, you really want them to change,” said Teresa Herrera, Henderson’s sister. “But only God can change him. I love my brother, but we all have to keep going.”

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