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Brookline officer shoots knife-wielding man

A Brookline police officer shot a 27-year-old man Friday night after he lunged at two officers with a knife inside his apartment building, according to police.

There was a 911 call around 7:50 p.m. reporting that a man who had been using inhalants was threatening others with a knife, according to a press release from the Brookline Police Department.

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When two Brookline officers arrived at the man’s Beacon Street apartment building and knocked on his door, the man opened it and charged at the officers with a knife, police said. Fearing for their safety, police said one officer fired two shots at the man; one round hit him.

Neither officer was injured. The knife-wielding man, whom police did not immediately identify, was brought to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston for treatment.

He was in stable condition Friday night, said Brookline police spokesman Philip Harrington.

In a routine move, the officer who shot the man has been placed on paid leave while Brookline police and State Police with the Norfolk district attorney’s office investigate.

A spokesman for Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey referred questions to Brookline police.

Initial reports indicate the officer acted appropriately, the press release said.

Dan Adams can be reached at dadams@globe.com. Find him on Twitter at @DanielAdams86.
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