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Former Wheaton man shot after charging Boulder police with knives

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 5:39 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:47 a.m. CDT

A man identified as a former Wheaton resident was shot and killed by a police officer in Boulder, Colo. after charging at first responders while holding two knives, according to a news release from the Boulder Police Department.

Michael Habay, 42, died after the Nov. 24 incident, according to the Boulder County Coroner's Office.

Officers were dispatched at 7:30 a.m. to Habay's apartment at 3009 Madison Ave. on the day of the incident in response to a reported domestic situation involving Habay and his girlfriend, a 41-year-old Boulder resident, the release said.

Upon their arrival, the girlfriend told the officers nothing had happened, according to the release. Police knocked on the door, but no one answered. The girlfriend and officers left the scene.

At about 12:30 p.m., police received reports from a neighbor claiming Habay was yelling, throwing things and stabbing a wooden post with a large knife outside the apartment, the release said. The neighbor believed Habay's girlfriend was in the apartment, and when police were dispatched to the scene, they identified her vehicle parked nearby.

Four officers forcibly opened the apartment door after receiving no response from inside, according to the release.

Habay then reportedly rushed at the police, holding two knives above his head, the release said. Officers told him to drop his weapons, but he did not. One officer deflected Habay with a ballistic shield before he reportedly ran toward another, who fired three shots, at least two of which hit Habay at close range.

After the shooting, police discovered the girlfriend was safe in a nearby apartment, according to the release. No one else was found in Habay's residence.

The officer who fired the shots is currently on paid leave pending investigation, the release said.

Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner offered his condolences to Habay's family in the release and said he was thankful no officers were injured in the attack.

"It is always unfortunate when an officer has to use deadly force and it is a very emotional experience for any officer who is put in this situation," he said in the release. "From what we know right now, it appears as though the officers took reasonable measures to protect everyone’s safety, but were forced into a very difficult and life threatening situation."

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