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Machete-toting man shot dead by cops in Allentown

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Allentown police say officers shot and killed a man carrying a machete.

The incident unfolded at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Police say two officers responded to a report of a man carrying a machete. The man was walking northbound on 12th Street near Linden Street.

They confronted the man a short distance later. One of the officers opened fire at North Howard and Oak Streets, hitting the man.

Medics rushed him to Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m.

Neither officer was injured.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning to determine the exact cause of death.

The name of the victim has not been released.

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