The Huntsville Public Safety Department on Wheeler Avenue became a crime scene when police say a man attacked one of their officers late Wednesday afternoon. Soon after this attack, the man was dead. Police say the investigation so far indicates this was not an isolated incident.

Capt. JesHenry Malone told AL.com it started at about 5 p.m. when a gray-colored minivan ran through the barricade protecting the police vehicles and rammed a patrol car with an on-duty officer inside. He said both drivers got out of their vehicles, at which point the suspect lunged at the officer with a knife. Police said another officer came to assist around that time. They said the man ignored their commands to drop the knife and continued to advance.

Malone said the officer then fired at the man, who was transported to Huntsville Hospital. Malone said the hospital contacted the department soon afterward to inform them the man had died. He was identified as 34-year-old Reginald Owens.

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