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Madison police: Man killed by officers armed with knife

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Madison Police now say a man killed by officers on Saturday had a knife at the time.

Assistant Chief John Davenport said his department was first told that the man cut his wife in the stomach, and he was suicidal.

When officers confronted the man, Davenport said they tried to settle him down with a Taser stun gun, but it didn’t work. Officials said the suspect ignored officers’ commands, was approaching them, and was acting aggressively when he was shot.

Officials later learned that his wife was not hurt.

Police have not said how many officers were involved, or how many shots were fired. Davenport said the affected officers were put on paid leave while the matter is being investigated.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is overlooking the police probe.

The suspect’s name was not immediately released. It’s the third time in the last 9 months that Madison Police shot and killed somebody while on duty. 

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