- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A man cutting his own throat with a knife was shot and wounded when he suddenly advanced toward officers with the weapon raised before they could use less-lethal devices, police said Friday.

Richard Everhart, 25, of Lakewood was hospitalized in critical but stable condition after surgery, the Long Beach Police Department statement said.

The officers responded to a 9:30 p.m. Thursday call about an apparently intoxicated man trying to enter a resident’s front door in the city’s Naples area.

The officers spoke to the resident and spotted the man walking down a sidewalk but the man ignored their calls for him to stop.

The officers were following him when he stopped, turned around, drew a knife and began cutting his own throat while advancing toward the officer, the statement said.

The officers ordered the man to drop the knife while preparing use what the department termed “intermediate force options.”

“Before the officers could deploy any device and as they continued to direct the suspect to drop the knife and surrender, the suspect raised the knife towards the officers while quickly advancing at them, and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” the statement said.

The officers, who were not injured, began treating the man until Fire Department paramedics arrived and took him to a hospital.

Police released a photograph of a bloody knife and a large blood stain.

Everhart was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer. Police plan to bring the case to Los Angeles County prosecutors office next week.

In addition to a Police Department review of the use of force, the shooting will be independently reviewed by the district attorney’s office.


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