POLICE: Man fatally shot after charging Owensboro Police officers with knife
A man is dead after police say he charged two Owensboro Police officers with a knife.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man is dead after police say he charged two Owensboro Police officers with a knife.
According to a news release sent by the Kentucky State Police, it happened Friday at 11:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Delray Street, just south of the intersection between Henderson Road and W. 4th Street in Owensboro.
Police say two Owensboro Police officers were sent to a home at that location after someone reported that a domestic violence incident was taking place. When officers arrived, they saw a man grab a woman by her hair and put a knife to her throat, according to the news release. That's when police say the officers intervened and tried to calm the man down.
"The OPD officers continued to negotiate with the male by providing numerous requests to drop his knife and let the female go," the news release states. "The male threw the female to the side and immediately charged the two OPD officers with the knife in an effort to harm the officers. The two officers then felt their lives were in imminent danger of being stabbed and both officers fired multiple times with their department issued pistols; striking the male."
Police say that, when they perceived they were no longer in immediate danger, they "began conducting life-saving measures," but they didn't work. The man was pronounced dead a short time later. Police say he has been taken to the medical examiner's office in Louisville, where an autopsy will be conducted.
The woman had sustained multiple cuts with a knife on her head and neck and was taken to the hospital. She also suffered a knee injury from being thrown to the ground, according to police. She remains in the hospital.
The two officers involved were not hurt. They have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure when an officer has been involved in a shooting.
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