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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.

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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.

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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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