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Detroit — A 61-year-old man is in critical condition Wednesday after police say they shot him when he lunged at them with a knife inside his west side home.

At about 1:35 p.m., officers and Detroit firefighters were sent to a home in the 4100 block of Euclid to check on the well-being of the resident. When the man didn’t answer the door, firefighters forced their way into the home.

“The residence was searched looking for the occupant,” Detroit police said in a statement. “The firefighters made their way to the second floor where they were met by the occupant who was armed with a knife.”

The officers ordered the man to drop the knife, but “he refused to comply,” police said. The man lunged with his weapon at the officers and firefighters and police shot him once in the body.

The firefighters performed first aid on the man and he was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. No officers or firefighters were injured.

Ron Scott, director of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, said the man had a history of mental illness.

“In cases like these, there should be a professional psychologist dispatched to the scene, and they should be consulted, rather than just handling it as a police matter,” Scott said.

As with all shooting incidents, the officer who shot the man will be suspended with pay while the matter is investigated.

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