Crime

Tampa police officer shoots, kills machete-wielding man

Tampa police are investigating an officer-involved shooting Saturday night on Marvy Avenue.
Tampa police are investigating an officer-involved shooting Saturday night on Marvy Avenue. Spectrum Bay News 9

A Tampa police officer shot and killed a man armed with a machete Saturday night, authorities said.

Officers responded to a residence in 1800 block of Marvy Avenue after receiving reports of a man threatening a relative with a machete.

When officers arrived, the found the man, identified as Sidney T. Richardson IV, in a room with a teenage relative.

Officers ordered Richardson to drop the machete several times, according to a police report.

Richardson refused, and one of the officers used a stun gun. The man did not drop the machete, police said.

Fearing for everyone’s safety, one of the officers fired a weapon at Richardson, who was fatally struck.

The officers involved in the incident were not injured, according to authorities. They have been placed on paid administrative leave.

No other details were immediately available.

The location is in the University Square neighborhood of North Tampa, just north of Bougainvillea Avenue between North 15th and North 22nd streets.

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