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Yakima Officer Fatally Shoots Man With Knife

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Police suspect a man was intoxicated when he came at a Yakima officer with a large kitchen knife, forcing the officer to fire.

Stewart Eugene Morgan died in his apartment early Wednesday with a gunshot wound to the head.

Lt. Mike Merryman says the officer had responded to a noise complaint about 1 a.m., after the apartment manager and other tenants had been trying to deal with Morgan's incoherent yelling and stomping around most of Tuesday.

Merryman says the officer was talking with him when he Morgan came at him with the knife. Merryman says the use of force appears justified. The officer is on leave for the investigation.

An autopsy Wednesday may confirm whether Morgan was intoxicated. The 54-year-old had a record of six felony convictions, including manslaughter.

      
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