Police shoot man with knife who called 911 in mental health crisis

Police in Burlington shot and badly injured a man who called 911 to say he had a knife and was having “mental health issues," after he ran at the responding officers with the weapon, police said Sunday.

The man was on the phone with emergency services during the entire episode, and said he was “unsure how he would respond when the officers arrived,” police said.

The man in his 40s was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, and the police statement said one of the officers sustained minor injuries, but without providing further details.

The two responding officers had been told not to enter the building until additional personnel arrived, but the man came outside and ran toward them. One officer shot him with a less-lethal munition after he wouldn't follow commands to stop. The other officer then shot him.

Police didn't release the man's name, saying the investigation of the shooting was still in its early stages.


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