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Spokane Police release body cam footage of April officer-involved shooting

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The scene of the shooting back in April The scene of the shooting back in April
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane Police Department held a press conference Tuesday morning regarding the April 28, 2016 officer-involved shooting

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

Video released Tuesday morning shows Kurtz yelling for officers to kill him. 

An officer then tried to tase Kurtz as he approached them with the knife, but the method was ineffective. Police say Kurtz continued to approach officers, and that's when two officers fired their weapons.

Officers immediately began rendering medical aid, but Kurtz died at the scene. 

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Police say that after the shooting, several bystanders "caused a disturbance." Two were arrested, one of them for assaulting a police officer. Those bystanders were also caught on camera yelling at and confronting officers as they were trying to tend to Kurtz. 

The shooting was ruled justified earlier this summer. 

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