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Man with machete shot by Spokane Police near Zola

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The area of the shooting early Sunday morning. The area of the shooting early Sunday morning.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team (SIRR) is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened early Sunday morning in downtown Spokane near Zola. The man who was shot was reportedly threatening himself and others with a machete. 

The incident began just after midnight when two bar employees flagged down a Spokane Police Lieutenant and said they had been approached by a man with a machete. A short time later two citizens approached the lieutenant saying the man was chasing them with the machete and threatening them. Police eventually found the man in front of Zola on W. Main. Police say the doorman told them the man had been talking about wanting police to shoot him. 

As more officer arrive, the man was contained in front of Zola, still holding the machete. Police say one officer attempted a Taser deployment, but it was unsuccessful. The man continued to say he wanted police to shoot him while holding the machete to his throat and stomach. Police say as the situation escalated, a crowd began to form and shout profanities at them. Troopers from the Washington State Patrol were called in to help control the crowd. 

Police say after 20 minutes of talking with the man, he opened a door they believed was locked that led to a foyer of an apartment building. When he opened the door, three police officers fired blunt impact munitions (two bean bag rounds and on 40mm foam baton). During this, an additional fired his gun, hitting the man once. 

With the man on the ground and still struggling with police, he was taken into custody and medical personnel rushed in and began first-aid. The man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Police say officers on scene were wearing body cameras and investigators will be reviewing that. They are also asking anyone who witnessed or took video of the incident to call Crime Check and provide their information so that investigators can speak with them. They particularly want to talk to the two citizens who told the SPD Lieutenant that they were being chased by the man with the machete. 

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation. 

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