- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) - State police say they’ve found that police in upstate New York were justified when they fatally shot a man after he slashed an officer with a knife.

Maj. William Keeler said Wednesday the investigation is nearly complete into Sunday’s shooting that killed 30-year-old William Clark III in Rotterdam.

Investigators say police were called to a house after Clark’s mother reported that her son was armed with knives and was smashing furniture. Keeler says Rotterdam police pleaded with him to drop the knives.

Keeler says Clark slashed an officer in the back of his head and stabbed a sergeant in his bulletproof vest. Police fired a stun gun but Keeler says an officer shot Clark when it didn’t subdue him.

Police say Clark was a Marine Corps veteran who had undisclosed mental issues.

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