The Louisiana State Police are investigating the death of a Lake Charles man who was out of jail on bond.

42-year-old Bob Cox of Lake Charles was being apprehended by two bail bondsmen in the 1700 Block of 6th Avenue, where they were working to revoke his bond. Cox was cooperative at first, but when one of the bondsmen proceeded to cuff him he began resisting. Cox armed himself with a knife, and told bondsman repeatedly he was not going back to jail.

The bondsmen called 911, but before LCPD arrived Cox fled on foot.

According to a press release from the LSP,

Upon arrival, LCPD officers witnessed Cox running. Officers gave chase and deployed a department-issued Taser in an effort to stop him. The Taser was effective and Cox fell to the ground face down. As officers were handcuffing him, Cox stated, “I’ve got a knife in me.” Officers turned Cox onto his back and saw a large knife protruding from his chest at which time Acadian Ambulance was contacted. Cox was transported to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Cox was the only person injured during this incident. LCPD has not released the names of the officers involved as of yet.

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