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Belton police fatally shot man reportedly wielding knife during disturbance at home

Belton police shot and killed a man Sunday during a disturbance at a home in the 200 block of Spring Street, according to the Belton Police Department. This Google Maps Street View image was taken in the area in May 2013.
Belton police shot and killed a man Sunday during a disturbance at a home in the 200 block of Spring Street, according to the Belton Police Department. This Google Maps Street View image was taken in the area in May 2013.

Belton police officers fatally shot a man Sunday while responding to a reported armed disturbance at a home, according to the Belton Police Department.

The shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. at a home in the 200 block of Spring Street, the Police Department said in a written statement.

Police said officers were called to the home for a reported armed disturbance. Police on Tuesday declined to discuss the specifics of that incident, citing an ongoing investigation of the shooting.

Neighbors told the local television station Fox 4 that the the man who was shot had been threatening people with a knife, yelling racial slurs, and smelled of alcohol.

"He threatened to kill me and my family," neighbor Alanna Sapenaro told the station.

According to the Police Department, arriving officers encountered a 38-year-old man and shot him.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The shooting is being investigated by the Belton Police Department and the Cass County Sheriff's Office.

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