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Sunnyvale Officer Fatally Shoots Man Allegedly Wielding Hammer

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SUNNYVALE (CBS SF) — A man who was struck in an officer-involved shooting following an apparent family fight and an attack on an officer Saturday evening in Sunnyvale died that night, according to Sunnyvale public safety officials.

Officers responded to Tartarian Way at 5:56 p.m. after reports of a family fight in which a man had attacked a fellow family member, public safety officials said.

One of the arriving officers walked toward the home and while at the intersection of Middlebury Drive and Tartarian Way a man holding a hammer confronted him, officials said.

The officer ordered the man to stop and drop the hammer. Instead the man apparently charged at the officer, prompting the officer to fire shots, officials said.

The suspect was struck by the gunfire. Medical personnel responded to the officer-involved shooting and took the suspect to Stanford Hospital.

The suspect, a Sunnyvale resident, was taken into surgery, however he was pronounced dead that night, officials said.

The sole officer fired at the suspect. He is a four-year veteran of the department. He has been placed on administrative leave, in accordance with department procedures, as the case is investigated.

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