- Associated Press - Saturday, September 23, 2017

MIDLAND, Wash. (AP) - 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 (https://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.

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

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