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Sheriff: Rancho Cordova police shot man who threw knife at officers

A Rancho Cordova police officer shot a man early Saturday morning after the man threw a knife at officers outside a home on Zion Way, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department said.

The man, who was identified only as in his late 40s, was being treated for non-life threatening injuries, the sheriff’s department reported.

According to the department, family members called police just after midnight to report that the man was intoxicated and “trying to fight people inside of a residence” on the 9900 block of Zion Way. The man was in front of the home, holding a knife in each hand, when officers arrived, according to the sheriff’s department.

Officers ordered the man to drop the knives and he refused. The man threw one of the knives, hitting an officer in the leg, the sheriff’s department said. Police shot a Taser at the man, but he charged the officers - still holding the other knife, according to authorities.

One officer then shot the man, “striking him at least once in the torso,” according to a sheriff’s department press release.

That officer is a nine-year veteran of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department and is assigned to the Rancho Cordova Police Department. He has been placed on leave while the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau and Professional Standards Division, as well as the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office investigate the shooting.

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