Pierce County sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a man who tried to stab one of them Saturday morning in Frederickson, according to a department spokesman.
Deputies were dispatched about 6:30 a.m. to the 7400 block of 189th Street Court East, where the man’s sister reported that the man had kidnapped his brother-in-law at knifepoint, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
“They found him sleeping outside, and the brother-in-law was going to give him a ride out of there,” Troyer said. “Instead, when he got into the car, he held the brother-in-law at knifepoint and made him go back to the residence.”
The woman said her brother threatened to kill anyone who would stop him, Troyer said.
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When deputies arrived, they searched the area for the man.
Three of them found the man, still armed with the knife, and held him at gunpoint, Troyer said.
The man lunged at one of the deputies, Troyer said, and all three fired at him.
The man died at the scene.
The three deputies who fired at the man were placed on administrative leave. Other deputies who witnessed the shooting were relieved from duty for 24 hours.