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Butcher knife-wielding man shot, killed by police in Bridgeport

Updated: October 18, 2013 8:37AM

A butcher knife-wielding man was shot and killed by police after he lunged at officers attempting to quell a domestic dispute inside a Bridgeport apartment early Friday.

Officers called to the second-floor apartment in the 3200 block of South Halsted found 44-year-old Felix Valdez standing over his battered girlfriend, wielding two knives, authorities said.

The officers told the Valdez to drop the knives several times, but instead he lunged toward them with the knives still in hand, police said.

In self-defense, one of the officers drew his weapon and fatally shot Valdez about 1:10 a.m., authorities said.

Valdez was pronounced dead inside the apartment, where he lived, at 1:50 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Nobody else was injured in the shooting, although two officers were “shaken up” by the incident and taken to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center as a precautionary measure, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said.

Two knives were recovered from the apartment, Chicago Police said in a statement.

The Independent Police Review Authority, which examines all police-involved shootings, has launched an investigation, a spokesman said.

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