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Fayetteville officers shoot, kill man armed with knives, possibly having mental break; officers used taser first: Police


FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) — One person is dead after a shooting involving Fayetteville officers and a man they said was armed with knives, threatening to harm himself.

According to a news release from the Fayetteville Police Department, around 7:00 p.m., officers responded to reports of an armed person, who was suicidal, at a mobile home park on Hickory View Court. After arriving on scene, officers reported seeing a man with two knives.

According to officials, there were five officers on scene who tried to deescalate the situation. After giving verbal commands to drop the knives, they used a taser. They said the man went down, but was able to get back up still armed with the knives and advanced towards officers. Officers then shot the man who died on the scene.

No other information has been released on the man.

The case has been handed to North Carolina SBI for investigation.

The involved officers will be placed on administrative duty, pending the outcome of the investigation, as is standard procedure. The Fayetteville Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit will conduct an internal investigation to ensure all departmental policies and procedures were adhered to during the incident.

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