Officers fatally shoot armed man in Shoreline WA

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SHORELINE, Wash. (AP) -- A King County sheriff's spokesman says officers responding to a 911 call fatally shot a 22-year-old man armed with a knife and a shotgun in Shoreline, north of Seattle.

Sgt. John Urquhart says two officers were dispatched to a house Wednesday after a 911 operator could only hear a background disturbance in an incoming call from the residence. The officers were met by a young woman who told them her suicidal boyfriend had a knife and she had gotten cut trying to wrestle the knife away from him.

She said her boyfriend's father was still in the house.

The two officers called for backup. Before more officers could arrive, Urquhart says a young man came out armed with a chef's knife and a shotgun. The spokesman says both officers fired and the young man died at the scene. The sheriff's office did not immediately identify him.

The spokesman says both officers have been placed on administrative leave.

The sheriff's office provides police service for the city of Shoreline under contract.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com