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Metro Police officer involved in shooting

Police say officer saw man had a gun and possibly a knife in his waistband

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Tiffany Gibson

Metro Police investigate the shooting of a man by a police officer at the intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and Michael Way Street Thursday night.

Updated Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 | 5:19 p.m.

Metro Police shooting

Metro Police investigate the shooting of a man by a police officer at the intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and Michael Way Street Thursday night. Launch slideshow »

Shooting

A man shot by a Metro Police officer was taken to the hospital this afternoon and West Cheyenne Avenue was blocked as police investigated the shooting.

There were no injuries to officers during the shooting at West Cheyenne Avenue and Michael Way, Officer Bill Cassell said.

Police said the incident started with a traffic stop shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday. An officer stopped the driver of a vehicle making an illegal turn, police said, and learned the man might have been wanted on a warrant.

The officer spoke to the driver of the vehicle before a struggle ensued, police said. The officer used his Taser to try to subdue the man but he started running away, police said.

At that point, the officer saw that the man had a gun and possibly a knife in his waistband, police said. The officer warned the man to stop and when he didn't, he was shot in the leg and the torso, police said.

The man was taken to University Medical Center, where he is undergoing surgery, police said.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, per Metro Police policy. Metro homicide detectives are investigating the scene.

Cheyenne Avenue west of Rancho Drive and east of North Jones Boulevard was shut down to traffic and will remain closed while the investigation into the shooting continues.

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