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Police: Officer fatally shot knife-wielding robbery suspect

February 28, 2020 GMT

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — A police officer who shot and killed a robbery suspect armed with a large knife at a convenience store did not know a robbery was in progress when he arrived at the scene for another call, authorities said.

A store clerk had initially called Sylvania police about a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the store. Shortly after she made the call Wednesday night, authorities say William Resto walked in with a large butcher knife and stole money from the cash register.

The officer soon arrived and was confronted by Resto, 54, who still had the knife and was wearing a mask. Resto advanced toward the officer and ignored several verbal warnings, authorities said. The officer then shot Resto, who was hit by two shots in the chest and one in the groin.

Emergency responders soon arrived and were taking Resto to a hospital when their ambulance was involved in a crash. A second ambulance was dispatched and took Resto to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The officer who fired the shots has been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated, which is standard policy for police-involved shootings. He was not injured and his name has not been disclosed.