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Deputies shoot and kill man who attacked them with machete, officials say

One deputy is recovering from a gun shot wound to the hand

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Anthony Trujillo attacked deputies with a machete before an officer involved shooting unfolded.

According to deputies, they were facing a mentally unstable man with a large machete in a confined space. When the deputy was cut by the knife, a second deputy fired shots at the suspect to save his partner's life but ended up shooting the deputy in the hand.

Trujillo's family says he battled schizophrenia and took medication but had been recently struggling with mental episodes leading up to Thursday afternoon when authorities say his family called for help. Deputies arrived at the home on Dennison Avenue near Road 124 just before 4 P.M. Trujillo allegedly came out of his bedroom with a large machete knife, holding it over his head. Deputies say they fought with Trujillo before he struck one of them on the head and upper body as well as the hand. 

TCSO says deputies protected themselves by shooting the suspect, striking him multiple times in the upper body. Trujillo died at the scene from gun shot wounds. 

Trujillo's sister says her brother was a good person and had run-ins with law enforcement in the past for similar calls. 

The injured deputy is expected to recover at Kaweah Delta Medical Center. The Visalia Police Department is taking over the investigation. 


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