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New Philadelphia police shoot man they say attacked them with a hatchet after locking his mother out

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Posted at 12:04 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 12:04:11-04

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — New Philadelphia police shot a man who attacked them with a hatchet Wednesday afternoon at an apartment on North Broadway, according to a release from Police Chief Michael Goodwin.

In the press release issued Friday, officers said they were responding to a call from a woman who said she was locked out of her apartment by her son.

Police told the woman to contact her landlord to assist with opening the door. When officers arrived at the apartment in the 500 block of North Broadway, they learned that the woman’s 32-year-old son would not open the door voluntarily, so they attempted to help the landlord with opening the door.

“The son became very agitated and pushed the door shut and began to make threats,” Goodwin said in the news release.

Officers pushed the door open and found him standing in the apartment with the hatchet. Goodwin said he then attacked the officers, at which time one of the officers fired his duty weapon, striking the man.

The man fell down in the hallway and was handcuffed. Officers gave him CPR until paramedics arrived. He was transported to Union Cleveland Clinic and life-flighted to an Akron-area hospital.

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to the scene and will continue the investigation.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the male and his family during this time,” Goodwin said in the release.

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