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Officer Shoots and Kills Man Armed With Sword in Montgomery Co., Police Say

A responding officer told the man to drop the sword but he allegedly charged at him while holding the weapon

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A police officer shot and killed a man who was armed with a sword in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania Tuesday night, investigators said. 

Upper Perkiomen police first received a 911 call from a person reporting their relative was in distress and making threats at a home near 8th Street and Long Alley Tuesday night. When officers arrived they found a man who was holding a "Samurai-type sword," the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday. 

A responding officer with his police vehicle siren on and lights flashing told the man, later identified by the DA's office as 27-year-old Trey Bartholomew -- to drop the sword but the Pennsburg man allegedly charged at him while holding the weapon, police said. The officer opened fire and shot Bartholomew. 

Neighbors told investigators they heard three shots, the DA's office said.

Investigators said officers tried to administer first aid but Bartholomew later died at the scene.

None of the officers involved have been named.

Per protocol, Montgomery County Detectives and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office are currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Montgomery County Detectives at 610-278-3368.

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