Knife-wielding man shot by Bessemer police officer

BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) – A knife-wielding man was shot by a Bessemer police officer Friday afternoon on Exeter Avenue.

Bessemer Police Department Deputy Chief Mike Roper says the shooting happened on the 3000 block of Exeter Avenue. Officers say the man was shot because he refused to lay down a knife.

The victim was taken to the hospital and is undergoing emergency surgery.

WIAT 42 News has a crew headed to the scene and will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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