San Bernardino Officer Fatally Shoots Armed Man Who Allegedly Charged Police During Confrontation

Multiple nonlethal attempts were made to calm an armed man in San Bernardino before an officer fatally shot him Sunday night, police said.

Authorities responded to a domestic disturbance with a weapon call near the intersection of Fourth and North Allen streets at about 11:20 p.m., San Bernardino Police Department spokeswoman Sadie Albers said.

An armed man – identified by police Monday as Sokhom Hon, 31, of San Bernardino – confronted the officers, who tried to calm him down and get him to put the weapon down, Albers said.

Less-lethal shotgun rounds and then Tasers were used in an attempt to get Hon to comply, but neither were successful.

At that point, Hon charged at police and an officer opened fire, Albers said.

A police news release described Hon as having "attempted to cause great bodily injury to an officer," prompting the "backing officer" to fire a duty weapon at him.

The gunshots could be heard on a video that was recorded at the scene.

Hon was treated and transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight, Albers said.

Witnesses said the man was armed with a knife but authorities have not described the weapon.

There was no word on whether any officers were injured in the incident.

The investigation was ongoing.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to all the detective bureau at 909-384-5616.

KTLA's Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime contributed to this story.

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