CHARDON — Police say a man fatally shot by officers early Thursday morning had pulled a knife and refused commands to drop the weapon.
The incident began around 3 a.m. when the man, identified as Ryan Sever, 28, got into a fight with his girlfriend.
Sever's mother called 911 and told police her son had been drinking.
Sever left the house and police were sent to the area and searched the neighborhood. Two officers found Sever at the corner of North Street and Allynd Boulevard where they say he appeared agitated.
"The subject (Sever) produced a knife and engaged the officer," Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna read from a prepared statement at the morning news conference.
Sever was pronounced dead at the scene just before 4 a.m.
Ryan Sever was shot about a block from Chardon High School, where three students were killed just over a month ago.
The shooting is being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the domestic by Chardon Police.