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Authorities identify man fatally shot by Newport police

A man with a knife who was fatally shot by police responding to a domestic violence call Saturday in Newport Beach was identified by coroner’s officials Monday as 56-year-old David Airth.

Police received an emergency call at 9:11 p.m. Saturday reporting domestic violence in the 200 block of 61st Street. The caller told police the man had a knife, said Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella.

An officer arrived at the scene and saw a man on the sidewalk holding a knife.

“Although initially compliant with the officer’s orders to drop the weapon, the suspect re-armed himself with the knife seconds later,” Manzella said. “The suspect then exhibited threatening actions toward the officer. Fearing for his safety and the safety of others, the officer fired at the suspect.”

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The man received medical attention at the scene and was taken to Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he died later Saturday.

Paramedics also treated the victim of the domestic violence incident at the scene. She was taken to a local hospital for additional treatment.

The Orange County district attorney’s office will investigate the officer-involved shooting.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Det. Rick Henry at (949) 644-3797 or Sgt. Ryan Peters at (949) 644-3764.

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4:15 p.m. April 17: This article was updated with the identity of the man who was shot and killed.

This story was originally published at 9:05 a.m. April 16.

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