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A Thurston County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a man who allegedly wielded a knife and refused commands early Tuesday morning.

A deputy responded to the 7800 block of Mountain Aire Drive Southeast at about 5:25 a.m. after a report of a man violating a court order by standing outside a residence.

When the deputy confronted the man, who has not been identified, he allegedly refused to follow commands. A Taser was then used by the deputy.

“The male then presented a knife at the deputy and the deputy fired at the male with his duty weapon,” according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

The man subsequently died.

The deputy, described as a six-year veteran of law enforcement, was not injured. The deputy will be placed on administrative reassignment pending the investigation.

The investigation will be handled by the Region 3 Critical Incident Investigation Team, which is currently led by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. The team is comprised of members from the Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific county sheriff’s offices.

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