Police: Officers shoot man armed with knife in Sacramento grocery store

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Sacramento police say two officers shot a man armed with a knife Sunday morning at a grocery store. 

Police lights and crime scene tape filled the usually bustling Market West Shopping Center in Natomas. 

“I also live across the street, so I heard all the sirens, but I didn’t know it was this close,” said Andraya Valenzuela, the owner of a Mr. Pickle’s Sandwich Shop located in the same shopping center. “It’s scary. I don’t think I’m going to be able to open today” 

The Sacramento Police Department said officers responded to a single-vehicle crash near Arena Boulevard and Duckhorn Drive around 6:30 a.m. 

Around that time, they also received reports of a man who ran into the local Bel Air grocery store clutching a large knife. 

Officials said while working to evacuate the store, police confronted the man for about 20 minutes before he charged at them while holding the knife. 

Police say officers used less-lethal options to try and stop him but were unsuccessful.

As the man approached, one Sacramento police officer and one California Highway Patrol officer shot the man. 

He died at the scene, according to officials. 

“Nothing like this has happened while I’ve worked,” Valenzuela said. “Little crimes but nothing like this. Hopefully, it won’t happen again.” 

Valenzuela said she is just grateful that no one else was hurt. 

Police believe the man was involved in the reported car crash.

This story is developing. Check back for updates. 

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