Knife-wielding man shot by North Carolina police officers has died

Published 12:15 pm Thursday, January 13, 2022

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A knife-wielding man shot and wounded by a North Carolina police officer is dead, a day after authorities said he swung the knife at officers responding to a 911 call regarding a traffic accident, officials said.

The Raleigh Police Department said in a news release that the unidentified man died after he was taken to a local hospital.

Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson told reporters on Tuesday that officers received multiple 911 calls about a traffic accident along Interstate 440.

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Patterson said when officers arrived, they were alerted that a man was armed with a knife, and when they saw him, he was still holding the knife and walking away with a small child, Patterson said.

The man refused multiple commands to drop the knife, and after a woman at the scene took the child to safety, the officers used a stun gun to subdue him, the chief said. When the officers tried to take the man into custody, he swung the knife toward them and one of the officers shot him, Patterson said.

Patterson said she asked the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation to look into the shooting, which is department protocol. An internal investigation will also be conducted, she said.