Sunnyvale Man Dies After Saturday Officer-Involved Shooting

Police responded to Tartarian Way just after 6 p.m. on Saturday, after neighbors called 911 and reported hearing a family fight in which a man in his 20s had assaulted his mother, witnesses told NBC Bay Area's Kimberly Tere.

By Breena Kerr
|  Monday, Dec 17, 2012  |  Updated 6:53 AM PDT
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Police say the man came an arriving officer with a knife. The officer shot him.

Police say the man came an arriving officer with a knife. The officer shot him.

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A Sunnyvale man who was shot by police after allegedly confronting them with a hammer Saturday is dead, police said.

Police responded to Tartarian Way just after 6 p.m. after neighbors called 911 and reported hearing a family fight in which a man in his 20s assaulted his mother. Witnesses told NBC Bay Area's Kimberly Tere that they heard the mother cry for help.

Arriving officers began to walk towards residence, but were confronted by a man holding a hammer who matched the description of the suspect in the assault. Police told the man to drop the hammer, but instead he charged at an officer. The officer responded by shooting the man in self-defense, police said.

The man, who has yet to be identified by police, was taken to Stanford Hospital to undergo surgery, but he died late Saturday night. Police said the officer who shot the man-- a four-year, police force veteran has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with police procedure.

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