Kerrville Police Department issued a new press release on Monday, September 9, discussing more details from the September 1 shooting death of 17-year-old Tommy Luke Hranicky. According to the updated release, pictured below, the officer involved in the shooting was Sergeant Hal Degenhardt, a 15-year veteran of the police force.
According to the new release…
When Sergeant Degenhardt arrived and made contact with the suspect, the suspect was found to be armed with a knife. The suspect advanced on the Officer, who retreated and gave repeated verbal commands for the suspect to stop and drop the knife. The suspect continued to advance with the knife toward the officer and refused to comply with the officer’s commands. Sergeant Degenhardt was forced to fire his duty weapon to protect himself.
Press release dated September 9, 2019
The department went on to state that both the officer’s body camera and his dash camera were activated during the incident. In addition to the Texas Rangers’ investigation, KPD is also conducting an internal investigation into the death. The case will be referred to a grand jury once the investigation is complete.
UPDATE 9/2/19 at 12:30 PM — Kerrville Police Department issued an updated press release via their Facebook page on Monday afternoon. The name of the deceased is Tommy Luke Hranicky, and he was 17 years old. KPD also provided more details on the narrative of events leading up to the shooting:
When the first responding Officer arrived and made contact with the suspect, the suspect was found to be armed with a knife. The suspect advanced on the Officer, who retreated and gave repeated verbal commands for the suspect to stop and drop the knife. The suspect continued to come at the officer, who was forced to fire his duty weapon to protect himself.
KPD Press Release dated September 2
An autopsy will be conducted by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office. The officer’s name has been withheld pending an investigation.
SEPT. 1 — On Sunday afternoon, police responded to the 900 block of Sidney Baker Street following reports of a man with a knife. The officer made contact with the subject, and, according to a police statement, the officer feared for his life, drew his weapon, and shot the suspect. The Justice of the Peace pronounced the suspect deceased.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers, and Kerrville Police Department.
This is a developing story and more information will be added when it becomes available.
Kerrville Police Department seal. Photo copyright Aaron Yates.
Did you know that there have been eight bank robberies in Kerrville since 2003? Did you know that in three of those robberies, no suspect was ever caught? Another bank was robbed this morning in Kerrville (Bank of America), and that suspect is still on the loose as of this writing. If he gets away, it will be four robberies out of eight that have gone unsolved.
Update 02/09/16: Suspect apprehended! Police distributed his photo to local media outlets and the perp was recognized. He was arrested Tuesday morning.