St. Helens police shoot, wound man armed with knife

St. Helens police shoot, wound man armed with knife
Officers shot and injured a man armed with a knife outside a Best Western motel early Saturday morning. Police said the man charged at the officers before they shot him. (KATU photo)

ST. HELENS, Ore. – Police officers shot a man who they said charged at them with a knife in St. Helens early Saturday morning.

Police responded to a report of a despondent man holding a long knife. Chief Terry Moss said the man threatened officers and Columbia County sheriff’s deputies when they found him outside a Best Western motel just after 2 a.m.

Authorities tried to get the man to surrender the knife, but he refused and continued to advance on one of the officers, Moss said. Another officer used a Taser try to stop the man, but it had no effect.

“The man continued to approach the officers, then aggressively charged at them while wielding the long knife,” Moss said in a news release. “The officers were forced to use their handguns to control the situation and stop the man.”

It’s unclear how many times the man was shot. He survived the shooting and was taken to a Portland hospital. His name has not been released.

The names of the officers who shot the man have not been released.