Police shoot, kill man armed with knife

Officers tried shocking man before using handguns

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CRESCENT CITY, Fla. – Deputies on Saturday shot and killed a knife-wielding man who prior to the shooting, had cut himself in the neck, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office received a call about 12:50 p.m. regarding a man who had cut himself and was armed with a knife. A Putnam County deputy and a Crescent City police officer arrived together about 1 p.m. to find the man still had the knife and bleeding from the neck.

The Sheriff’s Office said officers tried to disarm the man by shooting him with their stun guns. The shocks had a limited effect on the man, who remained armed. Both officers then shot him with their handguns.

The man was taken to the Putnam Community Hospital, where he died of his injuries, police said.

At the request of Sheriff Gator DeLoach, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct an investigation.

Authorities have not released the names of those involved.