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HUNTINGTON (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the Huntington police office that fatally shot a tractor-trailer driver from Alabama.

Police say the officer shot and killed 32-year-old Joshua Emerson of Hamilton, Ala., after Emerson allegedly attempted to attack him with a knife.

Media outlets report that the officer has been identified as Steve Fitz.

Officials said the deadly confrontation occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday after the officer on routine patrol went to investigate a collision between a tractor trailer and a small car.

Police Chief Skip Holbrook said Emerson brandished the knife toward a security guard then turned it on the officer when he attempted to intervene.

Fitz responded by firing several rounds from his service revolver, killing Emerson. He is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

 

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