‘Erratic’ Man Shot by Tampa Police Officer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa police say an officer shot and wounded a man when he charged at the officer with a knife.

The incident happened Thursday evening. Authorities say officer Usilia Emilione responded to a call of an erratic man. The parents of Lawrence Anderson said he was threatening and waving a knife.

When the officer arrived she said Anderson was slashing a pillow and waving the knife. The officer and his parents told him several times to drop the knife, Davis said. A police spokeswoman says Anderson charged toward the officer and she fired once.

Anderson was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he had surgery for what police described as nonlife-threatening injuries.

Emilione will placed on standard paid administrative leave as the investigation continues.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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