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The Latest: Man with knife fatally shot by Lompoc police

November 21, 2016

LOMPOC, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a police shooting in Santa Barbara County (all times local):

1:40 p.m.

Police in Lompoc say they’ve shot and killed a knife-wielding man who had threatened patrons at a local laundry.

Police tell KEYT-TV (http://bit.ly/2fLhS19) that officers went to the laundry around 8 a.m. after reports that a possibly drunken man was making threats.

Authorities say they found a man holding a knife that he refused to drop.

Sgt. Kevin Martin says the man ran off and hid in a ditch.

Martin says the man was shot when he reappeared wielding the knife. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

His name hasn’t been released.

No officers were hurt.

An investigation is being conducted by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department


Santa Barbara County authorities are investigating the police shooting of a man who was reported to be wielding a knife and threatening patrons of a laundry business in the city of Lompoc.

KEYT-TV (http://bit.ly/2fLhS19) says the man was taken to a local hospital in unknown condition after the Monday morning shooting.

Lompoc police Sgt. Kevin Martin says officers confronted the man, tried to get him to drop the weapon, but he fled.

Martin says the man hid in a ditch and was shot when he reappeared with the knife.

No police officers were injured.

The investigation is being conducted by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.


Information from: KEYT-TV, http://www.keyt.com/

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