Armed man killed after charging at Delray Beach police officers

Man shot to death by police had threatened mother with gun, police chief says

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor, Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Delray Beach police officers shot and killed a man who charged at them while brandishing a gun Saturday, police said.

Mary Olsen, interim chief of the Delray Beach Police Department, said officers were called to a home in the 600 block of West Drive about 6:30 a.m. after the man threatened his mother with a gun. Olsen said when officers arrived, the man was in "an agitated state," and his parents had fled the home.

The man began yelling at the officers because he didn't believe that the officers were actually police officers, Olsen said.

"They spent quite sometime speaking to this individual when he came running out of the residence brandishing a firearm and was shot by at least one of our officers," Olsen said.

Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. Officers recovered the man's gun at the scene, Olsen said.

Officers were familiar with the man, who was not identified. They had responded to several emergency calls from the home in the past, Olsen said.

No officers were hurt in the incident.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

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