Progreso officer fatally shoots machete-wielding man

A Progreso police officer shot and killed a man Sunday who was carrying a machete, according to a Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies responded to Encino Street in Progreso where the officer shot the man at about 9:24 p.m.

Initially, officers were called out to the area to investigate a disturbance involving a man who was wielding a machete.

“The officer made contact with the male subject and a struggle ensured,” according to the news release. “During the struggle, the officer discharged his weapon fatally shooting the male.”

The officer was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries, according to information provided by the sheriff’s office.

The Progreso Police Department requested the Hidalgo County Sherriff’s Office investigate the circumstances leading up to the death.

A justice of the peace ordered an autopsy and the machete was recovered as evidence.