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Associated Press, Published March 17 2012

Bismarck police: Officer shot knife-wielding man after threat

BISMARCK, N.D. — A man wielding a knife was shot by a Bismarck police officer Friday night after he threatened officers who responded to a report he was assaulting a woman.

The man, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, the Bismarck Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/FOmMEn ).

In a written statement, the police department said the officer who shot the man was placed on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated, a standard procedure in a shooting that involves an officer.

Pegas Calvillo, 26, of Bismarck, told the Tribune she and her boyfriend of two months began arguing when they were driving through the city in her van. She said her daughter, about 4 years old, was in the back seat.

Calvillo said her boyfriend yelled at her and threatened her with a knife. She said he told her to drive into an alley so he could stab her.

Police said officers arrived at the scene after a witness reported seeing a man hit a woman.

“The man did not comply with officer commands to drop the knife and advanced towards the officers while making threats. One officer fired and the subject was struck and was subsequently taken into custody and transported to a local hospital,” the department said in a written statement.

The department said the man will be charged with domestic simple assault and two counts of terrorizing.

“I still believe Bismarck is a very safe place. I just believe this was a very isolated incident,” Police Lt. Randy Zirgler told the Tribune.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com


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