Auburn Police Chief says officers justified in using deadly force against meat-cleaver wielding man

Published 02/18 2014 04:50PM

Updated 02/18 2014 08:21PM

Auburn (WSYR-TV) – Police in Auburn told local media that two officers were justified in using deadly force against a man who approached them with a meat cleaver after they responded to a call regarding a domestic incident.

Police Chief Brian Neagle told media that police initially tried to subdue 46-year-old Jeffrey Harris with a taser, but his thick coat resisted the device’s effects.

When Harris continued to threaten the officers, they fired, police said.

Neagle said the officers involved in the incident are both veterans of the force – one with 10 years’ experience and the other with 14 years’ experience.

Neagle indicated that the officers’ identities will be released on Wednesday.

On Sunday, the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office said that police officers arrived at 11 Barber Street just before 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.

They were told Harris had violated an Order of Protection and was trying to get inside the caller's apartment.

The woman lives on one side of a duplex, according to Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann.

He was told the suspect broke into the other side of the duplex and entered a shared basement.

Budelmann said it appears Harris chipped a hole in a door that allowed him to enter the woman's apartment while two police officers were inside interviewing her.

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