MT. SHASTA, Calif. — An officer-involved shooting investigation is underway after deputies shot a knife-wielding man in Mt. Shasta on Tuesday morning, according to the Yreka Police Department (YPD).
Deputies from the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office responded to the Douglas Lane area just before 10:30 a.m., YPD said, after a man called dispatch to report that his adult son was "acting strangely" and had armed himself with "two large knives."
The armed man was found standing in the roadway when deputies arrived and tried to de-escalate the tense situation. According to Yreka Police, that's when the man assaulted them.
"The deputies in fear for their safety shot in self-defense," Yreka Police said in a statement.
The as-yet unidentified man was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Mt. Shasta for treatment of his injuries. YPD did not indicate how serious those injuries were.
"The two Siskiyou County Sheriff Deputies nor Mount Shasta Police Officers who were also on scene were injured in the incident," the agency said.
Both deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of the incident — normal protocol for officer involved-shooting. Yreka Police will be heading up the inquiry by Siskiyou County’s Inter-agency Critical Incident Investigation Team.