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One dead after officer-involved shooting in Lake Charles

Suspect allegedly charged at deputies with a machete
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Posted at 3:18 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 21:50:22-04

Louisiana State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Lake Charles Saturday morning that left one person dead.

Calcasieu Parish deputies arrived at a residence south of Lake Charles to serve an arrest warrant for 35-year-old Michael Torres, who was wanted for a domestic incident that occurred earlier Saturday morning at the residence.

At the home, deputies were able to secure the child, who was inside the residence, and move him to a safe area away from the home.

Deputies encountered Torres in the front yard of his residence holding a weapon, which the sheriff's office identified as a machete. According to State Police, Torres was given numerous verbal commands to drop the weapon but he refused to comply. A less lethal beanbag impact round was used, but was ineffective

Police say the suspect then charged at deputies with a machete, at which time Troopers say at least two deputies discharged their firearms, striking Torres. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso requested the Louisiana State Police conduct an investigation into the incident, which is currently active. Troopers shared no further information into the incident.

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