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Deputies shoot hatchet-wielding Colton man

Clackamas County sheriff's deputies shot and killed a hatchet-wielding man Sunday morning after a disturbance call on South Wall Street in Colton.

The man's name has not been released. The Clackamas County Interagency Major Crime Team, Clackamas County district attorney's office and sheriff's detectives are investigating the incident.

The deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard practice following an officer-involved shooting, according to information from the sheriff's office. he names of the deputies were not released.

According to Sgt. Nate Thompson, a sheriff's office spokesman, a man called 911 at about 10:31 a.m. Feb. 15 from a house in the 29000 block of South Wall Street. The man told dispatchers that someone had been stabbed at the residence by a suspect armed with a gun, and then he hung up the phone.

When deputies arrived at the house, they were confronted by a man armed with a hatchet. Thompson said deputies told the man to put the hatchet down, but he refused and charged the deputies. More than one deputy fired shots, and the man died at the scene.

Deputies did not find a stabbing victim at the residence.

Thompson said other people were in the house at the time of the shooting and are being interviewed. Wall Street south of Highway 211 was closed for hours.

Editor Peggy Savage contributed to this news story.

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