Waco police have identified the knife-wielding man whom an officer shot and killed during a hostage situation last Friday.

Kenneth Warren Resendez, 34, of Waco, was the man shot by an officer after police were called to the 3800 block of Speight Avenue, police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Monday.

The man was reportedly hitting and breaking things in the house and threatening family members with a knife, police have said.

Swanton said another family member attempted to protect others in the home with a handgun during the incident. The family member fired at least one shot inside the home but did not injure anyone, police said.

Resendez did not comply with officers' requests to drop the weapon, police reported. Swanton said one of the officers felt threatened by Resendez's ongoing threats and shot the man inside the home.

Officers started lifesaving efforts before emergency responders arrived, Swanton said. Resendez died inside the home.

Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson pronounced Resendez dead late Friday morning. Swanton said a cooperative investigation into the shooting is being conducted by the Waco police Special Crimes Unit and the Texas Rangers.

The name of the officer involved in the shooting was not released Monday.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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