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Escondido police kill knife-wielding suspect

Escondido police Saturday night shot and killed a knife-wielding man who refused repeated demands to drop the weapon, authorities said Sunday.

The incident began at 10:45 p.m. when an emergency call was made by a man saying he needed help. Arriving at the residential address, police found a man brandishing a knife, authorities said.

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After refusing to drop the knife, he “suddenly moved toward an officer and lifted the knife,” authorities said. Officers opened fire, and the man was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The circumstances behind the emergency call are unclear. The dead man’s name is being withheld until his family is notified.

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tony.perry@latimes.com


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