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Example of a knife, not the one in story. Photo via Pixabay

Authorities Wednesday released the name of an Orange County man who was fatally shot over the weekend after he slashed two deputies with a knife.

Frank Lopez, 48, of Placentia was shot by deputies about 9:35 p.m. Sunday in the 22900 block of Droxford Street and died at a hospital, according to the coroner’s office and the sheriff’s department.

Deputies from the Lakewood Station went to the neighborhood on a report of a suspicious man in an SUV looking into parked vehicles, Deputy Kelvin Moody said.

A second call indicated the man drove onto a lawn, abandoned the SUV and fought with someone before walking away, and deputies located him between two residences, Moody said.

“The suspect was uncooperative, physically attacked deputies and a fight ensued,” Moody said.

The deputies attempted to use a Taser on the suspect but it was not effective, he said.

“The suspect armed himself with a knife and used the knife to cut two of the deputies in their hands, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” Moody said.  “The suspect was struck at least one time in the torso.”

–City News Service

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