Police: Lakewood man dies in officer-involved shooting, charged at police with knife


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    LAKEWOOD, Wash. – A man died in an officer-involved shooting after charging at officers with a knife early Sunday morning, according to the Lakewood Police Department.

    At about 3:19 a.m. Sunday, Lakewood Police Officers were dispatched to a suspicious circumstance call at an apartment in the 6400 block of 88th Street Court Southwest in Lakewood.

    The man told dispatch that there was an unknown person in the apartment armed with a knife. He also said that his father and brother were there, but unaware of what was going on.

    While officers were on the way to the scene, the man told dispatch that the subject was now armed with a gun and knife. Then later, in front of the door with the knife.

    When officers arrived, the male subject charged at the officers with a knife, police said. Three officers fired their weapons, hitting the subject, who died at the scene.

    The subject turned out to be the 43-year-old man who had called the police to report the unknown person armed with a knife.

    At this time, police do not know why the man called the police and later charged at officers with a knife. The initial investigation shows that there wasn’t any other subject armed with a weapon in the apartment and that it appears the caller had described himself in the description he gave of the suspect, police said.

    The three officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation is conducted.

    In the next few days, more information on the officers involved will be released.

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