Sheriff applauds law enforcement response to weekend stabbing - FOX34 Lubbock

Sheriff applauds law enforcement response to weekend stabbing

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Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe is applauding the quick and effective action over the weekend to arrest the man they believe attacked two deputies on the job.

"When this incident started, all we had and all we began with was a photograph from Walmart," Rowe explained. 

But just 4 hours later the manhunt to find that suspect, identified as 28-year-old Miko Butler, was over. 

"Truly an amazing amount of law enforcement there. A level of commitment that is just unbelievable. I'm looking in these officer's eyes, I'm seeing how they're responding and how they're reacting. At no time did they lose their sense of professionalism," Rowe said. 

Sheriff Rowe also credits teamwork between different law enforcement agencies to addressing the city's growing violent crime rate.

"I shutter sometimes to bring this up. Look at the number of shootings and homicides thus far, this year. And everyone of those, is solved," he said. 

Some have argued that the national outcries against law enforcement prevented the deputies from taking aggressive action once the situation began to escalate.

But the sheriff believes the right decision in that moment to not use lethal force.

"He was fully justified at that point, once that knife came out, that becomes a deadly-force situation. He recognized, given his location, where they were at, and the direction he could potentially be discharging his duty weapon at," Rowe said. "There was too high a risk to the general public."

Rowe does agree that the current climate has weighed heavily on the men and women that put their lives on the line everyday.

"We're taking a beating out there," he said. "I think, we're fortunate we haven't seen more of these types of things happening quite frankly. It's a different ball game than it was a few short years ago."

The sheriff says thankfully,  in this case, both deputies are expected to make a full recovery. 

On Monday, the second deputy was released from the hospital. 

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