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Man Armed With Knife Fatally Wounded By Police On Central Coast

A man armed with a knife was fatally shot by police on the Central Coast, after they say he refused to surrender and charged at officers.

It happened on the 1400 block of South Broadway in Santa Maria. Police officers were called to the area just before 9 a.m. today by reports of an armed, and upset man screaming obscenities. There was a standoff, and for more than a half-hour they tried to get the armed man to surrender. When he refused, they tried to subdue him with a beanbag gun, and other non-lethal weapons.

They say he then began stabbing himself, and then charged towards officers, and was shot by them. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died. The man hasn’t been identified yet. No one else was hurt.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.