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Duluth police officer shoots, injures man

DULUTH - Police say a 34-year-old man is in critical condition after he was shot by an officer early Monday morning when he brandished a knife and barricaded himself in a room in a Duluth home.


Officers were called to a report of a domestic disturbance, arriving about 4 a.m., Duluth police said. A woman at the home said her husband had cut himself. The man locked himself in a room and refused to come out. Officers forced the door open, but the man refused to drop the knife he was holding and one officer fired his weapon, police said.

The man was transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, and was listed in critical but stable condition.

The injured man was not immediately identified by authorities, but neighbors said the house belonged to Joseph and Amy Zontelli. Joseph Zontelli is 34-years-old, according to public records.

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