A 26-year-old Denton man is in Denton County Jail accused of beating and stabbing a 19-year-old woman and allegedly trying to stab a Denton police officer, police said.
Shane Alexander McNally is being held on charges of attempted capital murder of a police officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/family violence, police said. Bail is set at $100,000 on each charge.
Officer Ryan Grelle, spokesman for the department, said the officer wasn’t injured and his name is being withheld at this time. He and another officer were responding to a suspicious vehicle call in the 2300 block of West University Drive shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday and heard a woman screaming for help, Grelle said.
When they went to help the woman, the officers found she had been beaten and stabbed in the back, according to reports. Grelle said an ambulance was called and the woman was taken to a local hospital and treated for her injuries.
During that time, officials said, McNally began to walk toward the officer.
One of the officers, according to reports, began talking to McNally, and McNally allegedly took out an opened knife from his pants pocket and charged at the officer.
“The officer felt something brush his neck,” Grelle said. “Everything happened so quickly, the officer didn’t have time to draw his weapon until it was already over with.”
Officials said McNally complied with an order to drop to the ground and he was handcuffed and taken to jail.
The relationship between the victim and McNally is not known at this time, and the incident is still under investigation, Grelle said.
Attempted capital murder is a first-degree felony. Conviction could result in imprisonment from five to 99 years and a fine not to exceed $10,000, according to Jamie Beck, Denton County first assistant district attorney.
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