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Spokane man shot dead in downtown near House of Charity

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Police fatally shot a man, who witnesses say was homeless, in downtown Spokane Thursday evening.

According to police, officers responded to a call about a suicidal man on the 100 block of State Street. Three officers arrived, and tried to talk to the man. Police then say the man turned toward police, clutching a knife to his own chest. Police tried talking to him, and that's when the man started to approach them. 

The report from police goes on to say that an officer tried to tase the man as he approached them with the knife, but the taser was ineffective. Police say the man continued to approach officers, and that's when two officers fired their weapons.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity will be released at a later date by the Medical Examiner's Office.

Police say that after the shooting, several bystanders "caused a disturbance." Two were arrested, one of them for assaulting a police officer.

Police say that all three officers involved were wearing body cameras, and the footage will be investigated.

The SIRR Team, a team composed of multiple agencies including Washington State Patrol and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, is investigating the shooting.

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