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Man shot by police charged officers with knife, officials say

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Steve Marcus

Metro Police investigators stand by the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the 7600 block of Calico Fields Street, near Fort Apache and Farm roads Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Police said a suspect was shot after officers responded about 1 p.m. to a disturbance call.

Updated Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 | 7:05 p.m.

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Metro Police vehicle block access to Calico Fields Street after an officer-involved shooting near Fort Apache and Farm roads Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Police said a suspect was shot after officers responded about 1 p.m. to a disturbance call.

A man shot by Metro Police in a confrontation Monday charged officers with a knife, authorities said.

Kyle Kuhn, 31, was shot in the stomach after he advanced on officers as they were approaching a northwest valley house in response to a domestic violence call, according to a Metro news release. He was taken into custody and transported to University Medical Center.

Police found that Kuhn had placed a ceramic cutting board inside his clothing as a bulletproof vest.

Previous attempts to stop Kuhn with a non-lethal bean bag shotgun and verbal commands had failed, police said.

Kuhn has been booked in absentia on counts of resisting a police officer with a weapon, battery-domestic violence and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer.

The incident started about 1 p.m. when Metro received calls of a domestic disturbance at a house in the 7600 block of Calico Fields Street, near Fort Apache and Farm roads in the northwest valley. An armed person was reported to be in the house, police said.

Kuhn's wife, Dawn Kuhn, alleges that he had attacked her in their garage earlier that day, shoving her down, stomping on her ankles and spraying her with a chemical based fire extinguisher, police said.

In an attempt to keep her from leaving the house, Kuhn smashed in the windows of his wife's Jeep.

She feared her husband was suicidal.

When officers arrived, they set up a perimeter and attempted to communicate with anyone inside the house by bullhorn and telephone, police said.

Officers approaching the house, meanwhile, noticed Kuhn behind a vehicle and wearing a mask, hat and sunglasses. He advanced toward them with a large knife raised over his head and another large knife in his front pocket, and that’s when officers shot him, police said.

Kuhn is the father of three children.

The shooting is under investigation. It is the 14th officer-involved shooting this year.

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