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Authorities: Man with machete near Zola wanted officers to shoot him

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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) continues to investigate an officer involved shooting that happened early Sunday morning near Zola's at 22 W. Main. New details in the investigation were released by the sheriff's office Tuesday afternoon.

At around 12:30 a.m., citizens in the area reported the suspect, later identified as 34-year-old Charleston D. Harper, was chasing and threatening people with a machete. Harper had also made statements he wanted officers to shoot him.

Responding officers tried to contain Harper. One officer used a stun gun on him, but was unsuccessful. Harper continued to make statements that he wanted to be shot and placed the machete to his throat and stomach. Officers tried to talk Harper down for about 20 minutes, but instead Harper opened the door that lead to an apartment building near by. To prevent Harper from entering the building, officers shot Harper and took him into custody. Medics nearby provided aid almost immediately. Harper was transported to the hospital with injuries not thought to be life-threatening.

Harper is currently charged with first degree burglary, but deputies say the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible  Evidence continues to be processed and body camera footage is being reviewed.

Investigators are asking for anyone who witnessed or took video footage of this incident to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233. 

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