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Officials ID man shot by San Bernardino officer after allegedly threatening woman with machete, throwing objects at police

Officials on Monday identified the man shot by San Bernardino police on Thursday when the responding officers said he threw objects at them after threatening a bedridden woman with a machete.

Shurell Henry, 49, was a resident of an apartment building in the 4100 block of N. Sepulveda Avenue where officers were called at 7:49 a.m. on April 11 for a report of a woman being threatened by her roommate.

Police said Shurell Henry, a 49-year-old San Bernardino resident, was shot and wounded during an incident in which he threatened a bed-ridden woman with a machete on April 11, 2019. (Courtesy of San Bernardino Police Department)

In the call, the woman said her roommate was possibly under the influence of methamphetamine and was carrying around a large knife, San Bernardino police said in a statement.

The woman, who was confined to her bed due to a medical condition, told police her roommate had previously threatened her with knives.

When the officers arrived about a half hour later, they found Henry inside the home, armed with what they said was a machete.

The officers said Henry was “upset and acting irrationally.” After they ordered him to put down the machete, they used less-lethal weapons — a stun gun and multiple bean-bag shotgun rounds, police said at the time of the incident — to try to subdue him.

The less-lethal options did not work, according to the statement.

“The suspect remained combative and escalated to throwing objects at the officers, endangering both the officers and the female caller,” officials said.

That’s when one of the officers fired his sidearm, striking Henry.

Even after he was shot, however, Henry remained combative until more officers arrived and subdued him, police said.

Police have not said how many times Henry was shot. He’s still being treated in a local hospital, but is in stable condition and is expected to survive, police said.

Neither the officers nor the woman who called were injured in the incident.

It’s not clear what charges Henry may face once he is released from the hospital — a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino Police Department couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.


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