- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) - Police in Livingston shot and killed a man who reportedly ran at an officer with a knife, the police chief said.

Officers responded to Shopko at about 7:40 p.m. Saturday after a caller reported a man was making threats that someone was going to die if police were not called, Chief Dale Johnson said in a statement. Officers located the man hiding outside the business.

The man didn’t comply with officers’ commands, and a stun gun was ineffective in subduing him, Johnson said.

An officer was backing away from the suspect while trying to de-escalate the situation when the man ran at the officer with a knife, the chief said.

Officers “were required to use deadly force,” Johnson said.

The victim was Sean O’Brien, 37, Park County Coroner Al Jenkins told the Livingston Enterprise (https://bit.ly/1O0xhDV). O’Brien had lived in Livingston for the past eight or nine months, Jenkins said.

The officers involved have been placed on paid leave while the Gallatin County sheriff’s office and Bozeman police investigate the shooting. Johnson did not say how many officers were placed on leave.


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