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NIAGARA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Niagara man was shot and killed by police during a domestic violence call on Saturday night, according to the Town of Niagara Police Department.

Town of Niagara Police Chief Craig Guiliani and Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti provided an update on the situation Monday afternoon. They say that two officers responded to the home on the 4700 block of Chester Avenue just before 8:45 p.m. Saturday regarding a domestic violence incident.

There, one of the officers was confronted by a 40-year-old man at the side door, Chief Guiliani says. The officers began to interview him, but Guiliani says the man later told one of the officers to get out of his house.

After they say he was told to put his hands behind his back, the man refused to comply, police said. A TASER was deployed against the man, they say, but it was unsuccessful in subduing him.

Police say the man picked up a chair at one point, and also picked up a large knife that officials believe had a 10-inch blade. Officials say the man then lunged at one of the officers, which led him to fire his weapon at him twice, hitting him in the neck and chest.

Photo: Niagara Police Department

It was the first officer-involved shooting in the department’s 68-year history, Guiliani said.

The officers, ages 29 and 24, were hired by the Town of Niagara Police Department in 2020 and 2022, respectively. Sheriff Filicetti believes they were justified in their use of force.

“My initial assessment of this incident is that the officers had to protect themselves and others in the residence,” Filicetti said.

A child and the man’s mother were present in the home at the time of the incident, law enforcement officers said. They say his mother is the one who called authorities. There were no other injuries.

The incident is still under investigation. Currently, the officers are on administrative leave.

According to state law, the incident will automatically be reviewed by the Attorney General.

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