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RICHFIELD, Minn. (AP/WCCO) – A Richfield police officer shot and killed a man who investigators say was wielding a knife Friday morning.

According to police, the shooting happened on the 6600 block of Park Avenue South. Officers were called to a home about 9 a.m. on a report of a disturbance and possible hostage situation.

Maj. Kip Carver of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office called the case “a very active investigation.”

“Upon arriving on the scene, officers encountered an adult male with a knife. Subsequently, the adult male was shot by police. He is deceased,” Maj. Carver said.

Carver says the officer who was involved in the shooting was unharmed.

Neighbor Mickey Anderson said the sight of the crime scene was disturbing.

“When you start seeing crime tape and cop cars you know you need to make sure your kids are safe,” Anderson said.

Verliene Bostick is a neighbor who has known the homeowner for years.

“A long-time friend of her mother…and she was a very wonderful, upstanding citizen in Richfield,” Bostick said.

Several say her nephew was staying with her. But neither Richfield police nor the Sheriff’s office will confirm that, or whether the people living in the home were involved in the shooting at all.

As the investigation continues, Mickey Anderson says this is a reminder to look out for one another.

“These night outs that they have, we need to go to that and get to know each other, and keep a better watch on our neighbors,” Anderson said.

Deputies say neighbors have nothing to worry about as far as safety in relation to this incident.

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