- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) - Police in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa shot and killed a man after he refused to drop a sword, authorities said Friday.

Chief Barry Weber said police were called to a home near Wisconsin Lutheran College at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday by a landlord, who said that a tenant was being unruly and had a sword.

Weber says the man came out of the home with a sword and ignored multiple requests to drop it. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Weber couldn’t confirm whether one or both officers fired at the man. They tried to revive him afterward with CPR.

The owner of the home, Craig Tutton, told WITI-TV that the man was a tenant and friend of his who suffered from mental illness and stopped taking his medication. Weber couldn’t confirm those details, but said officers receive training on handling people who may be mentally ill.

Tutton said he called the police when the man became violent and brandished the sword.

“What choice do (police) have?” Tutton told WITI. “They did their job, and unfortunately one of the bullets got his chest.”

The two officers are a 34-year-old with six years of experience and a 25-year-old with nearly three years of experience. Both have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard.

“I believe our officers were confronted with a very dangerous situation, and although it is very early in the investigation, it appears that they acted with courage and conducted themselves properly,” he said.

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