MIDLAND, Wash. — Authorities in northwestern Washington state say a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a 40-year-old man who charged at the deputy with a knife.

The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2wdy4hc) that deputies responded at about 11 p.m. Thursday after a woman called saying her son was suicidal, had taken methamphetamine and had a knife.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer says Matthew Wells talked with deputies but locked himself in a room and refused to come out.

Troyer says Wells then came out and charged at one of the deputies with a knife, and the deputy opened fire.

Wells was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies were not injured, and the deputy who fired shots has been placed on paid administrative leave.


Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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