Man armed with knife shot and killed by Pierce County deputy

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PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. - A Pierce County deputy opened fire on a man south of Tacoma Thursday night, killing him.

Deputies were called to a report of a suicidal man with a knife in the 2000 block of 78th Street Court East in the Midland area of unincorporated Pierce County at about 11 p.m.

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The man may have been distraught over a recent breakup and may have been under the influence of drugs.

Police were called by the man's mother, who told officers her son was holding a butcher knife to his neck inside her home.

She told police her son was cutting his wrists and covered in blood inside a bedroom, police said Friday. 

When officers arrived, they pled with the man to come out of the room. When the man opened the bedroom door, he was armed with a knife. Police said he charged down the hallway at officers. 

A deputy fired at the man. The man died from his wounds at the scene. 

No deputies were injured.

Deputies are also dealing with a second officer-involved shooting involving a pursuit that ended in Kitsap County.

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