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Man Fatally Shot After Threatening Officer With Axe

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A man is dead after threatening a police officer with an axe.

The officers were responding to a call about a man carrying an axe and making threats near downtown St. Petersburg on Monday evening.

As the first officer approached the area, he saw a group of four to six people running in fear. Then the officer saw the suspect rounding the corner, holding a large axe. The officer says the man was making unintelligible statements. The man ran at a fast pace toward the officer, who drew his firearm and yelled for the man to stop and drop the axe.

When the man was about seven feet away, the officer fired multiple times. The 27-year-old man was pronounced dead by paramedics. Investigators believe he was a transient.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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