Police shoot knife-wielding man in Athens


ATHENS — Athens-Clarke County Police officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man outside an apartment complex in Athens Monday.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, preliminary information indicates that two police officers responded to a scene after receiving a 911 call about a male, later identified as 23-year-old Aaron Hong, causing a disturbance with a butcher knife at the River Club Apartments on Macon Highway in Athens.

Police say, Hong was using the knife in an aggressive manner and appeared to be injured himself. When police made contact, Hong immediately confronted them and began to walk towards officers with the knife in hand.

According to the GBI, during the incident, officers provided numerous verbal commands for Hong to drop the knife. Instead, Hong charged one of the officers with the knife and the officer fired his weapon multiple times, striking Hong.

Police say Hong managed to get back up and during the confrontation attempted to grab one of the officer’s weapons.

The second officer fired at Hong multiple times, striking him.

Hong died at the scene. 

One officer sustained minor injuries and was treated on scene.


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