Police officer fatally shoots suspect in Waukesha

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- A police officer has fatally shot a knife-wielding suspect in Waukesha after authorities say the man charged at the officer. early Sunday morning.

Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack says officers were looking for a suspect involved in a forgery case early Sunday. Police had been trying to get the man to turn himself in. However, the suspect refused to respond to the police department.

While officers responded to check for the suspect, information was relayed that the suspect was threatening to harm himself. The suspect had an extensive criminal history, including convictions for for theft, battery and burglary, according to Chief Jack.

An officer found the 55-year-old man walking on a street. The suspect pulled a knife and began threatening the officer. The officer attempted to defuse the situation by creating distance and using verbal commands, but the suspect ignored all orders to comply, according to Chief Jack.

When the suspect charged, the officer was afraid the man would stab him and fired, striking the suspect four times in the chest at 12:33 a.m., according to Jack.

Two backup officers arrived, and the officers tried to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The officer is on standard administrative leave. The Milwaukee Area Investigative Team is investigating.