Man brandishing knife fatally shot by deputy in Avon

AVON, Ind.– Police say a man was fatally shot by a reserve deputy after pulling out a knife during an incident in Avon.

The shooting occurred around 2:30 p.m. at a home in the 1200 block of Sheffield Drive after officers were called to perform a welfare check.

As two reserve deputies were working to identify the man in the back yard of a residence, police say he pulled his hands out of his pockets and brandished a knife. Police ordered him to drop the knife.

Instead, the man rapidly approached the officers, with the knife still in his hand. An officer fired a single shot, successfully striking the suspect in the torso. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

No officers were injured during the incident.

Police identified the man Tuesday evening as 29-year-old Bradley King of Avon.

Police said they were called to the same home around 12:15 p.m. on a welfare check after a man called for help. Deputies were unable to make direct contact with the caller at that time.

Police believe the suspect made that call, and the other call around 2:30 p.m.

The reserve deputies are volunteers, so they cannot be placed on administrative duty. Police said there will be a thorough investigation.

“Our thoughts go out to the family of the people that are involved.  Obviously this is going to be a tragic time for everybody that’s involved, this is not the situation that anybody wants to be in,” said Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department Captain Amanda Goings.

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