Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Police shoot man holding knife at mother

WAYNE, N.J. - A 90-minute standoff ended Saturday when police shot and wounded a man they say was holding a butcher knife to his mother's throat at their northern New Jersey home.

Passaic County prosecutors told the Record newspaper of Woodland Park that 37-year-old Francisco Pacheco was shot once in the head after he tried to drag his mother inside the home. Pacheco and his 60-year-old mother were both hospitalized in stable condition, but further details were not disclosed.

Pacheco was charged with aggravated assault, criminal restraint, weapons offenses, and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $125,000.

The incident began when police arrived at the home early Saturday for a medical assistance call.

They found Pacheco just outside the door, holding his mother in a chokehold with the knife.

The officers asked Pacheco to drop his knife and release his mother during negotiations that lasted 90 minutes. Authorities say he became "more and more aggressive" as the talks went on.

When Pacheco began to drag his mother into the house, the officers told him to drop his weapon, but he refused. Believing the woman was "in imminent danger," one officer fired a single shot from his patrol rifle.

Pacheco dropped the knife, released his mother, and fell into the house. But the drama wasn't over - he was taken into custody after what authorities said was a "brief but intense struggle."

No other residents were injured in the incident. A Wayne police officer was treated at the hospital for minor hand injuries and was later released.

Associated Press
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