Police: Man with knife dies after being shot by officer

December 27, 2022 GMT

BARBERTON, Ohio (AP) — A man armed with a knife was shot and killed by a police officer in Ohio, authorities said.

Barberton police said a woman called 911 at about 9 a.m. Monday to report that a man had followed her, threatened her and demanded that she give him her car keys and other property.

Officers responded and said the suspect fled but was found in a nearby parking lot. They allege that he was armed with a knife and refused commands to drop the weapon, and an officer fired, hitting him in the abdomen. Police said he still refused to let go of the weapon and resisted being handcuffed despite having been wounded.

The man, identified as 34-year-old Zachary Zoran of Akron, was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.

Police said Zoran was wanted on a felony aggravated menacing warrant after alleged threats to a family member in Cuyahoga Falls on Christmas Day. In the last 24 hours, he had made several social media posts threatening police and the public and saying he always carried multiple weapons, police said.

The shooting is being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Summit County medical examiner’s office and Barberton detectives. Barberton police spokesperson Marty Eberhart said the last officer-involved shooting in the city occurred more than a decade ago.