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Man Who Chased People at Huntington Beach Sports Complex Is Fatally Shot by Police

A man who chased several people while armed with some sort of weapon at a Huntington Beach sports complex was fatally shot by police Thursday, officials said.

Police received several calls around 7:20 p.m. about a man who was armed with a bat and a bottle or a knife who was chasing children and adults around the park at 18100 Goldenwest St., said Huntington Beach Police Department Chief Rob Handy.

Several games were being played at the time and dozens of people were at the park.

Jose Sanchez, a soccer coach who witnessed the incident, said the man was not wearing a shirt and he was bleeding from his side. Sanchez said the man had a knife and jumped over a fence, fell down, but got back up to chase after people. Some of the players on the field tried to knock a soccer goal over to try and trap the man, but he managed to get out.

"He was running toward us," Sanchez said.

The man, described by Handy as being in his 20s or 30s, then came toward the bleachers where there were several families. Two officers opened fire.

The man, who has not been identified, died at the scene. No officers or civilians were injured during the incident.

Detectives remained at the scene Thursday night interviewing witnesses, as soccer balls were left abandoned on the field.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department is investigating the shooting.