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Visalia police officer shoots, kills man carrying a knife

Man carrying a knife is shot by Visalia police officer

A man brandishing a knife was shot Tuesday by an officer responding to a domestic disturbance call, Visalia police said.
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A man brandishing a knife was shot Tuesday by an officer responding to a domestic disturbance call, Visalia police said.

A man brandishing a knife was shot to death Tuesday by an officer responding to a domestic disturbance call, Visalia police said.

The dead man was identified by Visalia police as Raymond Hopper, 59, of Visalia.

About 7:30 a.m. the officer arrived at a home on the 2600 block of East Delta Avenue. As he got out of his squad car, he saw an approaching man with a knife, police said.

The officer told Hopper to drop the weapon, but he did not comply, police said. The officer opened fire and hit Hopper several times in the upper torso, Sgt. Damon Maurice said.

The man was taken by ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The home is occupied by three adults. The man who was shot was in a relationship with a woman living at the home, police said.

A resident on the street, Michele Turner, said she and her teen son were inside when they heard gunshots.

“We heard three shots – boom, boom, boom – you could hear screaming,” she said.

Her son called 911 and the dispatcher said an officer was on scene.

They went outside and saw an officer administering CPR. Hopper was lying on the street in front of a car, she said.

Police have been called to the home frequently, she added.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident at the request of police.

Lewis Griswold: 559-441-6104, @fb_LewGriswold

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