TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) - Tyler police have identified a suspect in a Thursday morning standoff at Hobby Lobby.
The man was identified as Joshua Cowart, 36, of Tyler. Cowart is charged with aggravated assault, evading arrest and has an outstanding parole warrant.
The department released a statement on the incident, saying that at 7:13 a.m. they received a 911 call from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend followed her to work.
She told police he was acting crazy and she attempted to get away from him in her vehicle in a parking lot at the intersection of Copeland Road and Loop 323.
Police say the man was allegedly shouting that he was going to kill the woman and deliberately backed his vehicle into her vehicle while she was inside.
The man, identified as Cowart, then fled the area in his vehicle. He was later spotted by traffic officers at Paluxy Drive and Loop 323.
Cowart pulled into a Hobby Lobby parking lot, exited his vehicle with a knife and shouted at officers to kill him.
“Officers on scene gave him several verbal commands to drop the knife. He did not comply with the commands and was shot with a less lethal shotgun beanbag twice,” the Tyler Police Department release states.
Cowart then ran toward the road where he was taken into custody in the 3800 block of Paluxy Drive.
Police say Cowart has an extensive criminal history.