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Knife-wielding man shot & killed by Altamonte Springs officer

Knife-wielding man shot & killed by Altamonte Springs officer

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ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - An Altamonte Springs man was shot and killed by police early Sunday morning. 

A spokesperson with the Altamonte Springs Police Department said it all unfolded because the man, Anthony Lynn Skyles was waking around the apartment complex waving a knife around screaming that he was "going to take his own life." 

Someone called 9-1-1 and Altamonte Springs Police spokesperson, Senior Police Officer, Robert Pelton said when the first officer arrived to the Remmington Inn and Suites located at 291 Lorraine Drive at 1 a.m., there was some kind of altercation that led the officer to shoot his weapon.

"The officer was by himself originally, we had multiple units responding in that situation but officers don't always arrive at the same time. So during that confrontation, it was very scary for that officer, but he took the means appropriate to protect himself and anybody else around," Officer Pelton said.

Before Skyles was shot, police said they were able to secured the area to make sure the victim wasn't going to hurt anyone else.  Right now, the officer is on paid leave and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.

FOX 35 Reporter, Jackie Orozco helped with the news gathering for this story.

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