A suspect holding a butcher’s knife in each hand was critically wounded by sheriff’s deputies in the unincorporated Florence area near South Los Angeles, the sheriff’s department said Saturday.

The shooting occurred in the area of East 67th Street and Hooper Avenue, about a block east of Central Avenue and the Los Angeles city limit, at about 8:25 p.m. Friday, according to Deputy Eric Ortiz of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The sheriff’s Century station received a call regarding a man wanting to commit suicide, while armed with knives, the Sheriff’s Information Bureau reported.

When deputies and paramedics arrived at the location they called for the suspect to come outside. Deputies eventually encountered a man holding a butcher’s knife in each hand, who refused to drop the knives.

“Deputies requested assistance from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Mental Health Evaluation (MET) Team, who also responded to the location to assist,” according to a news statement.

The MET team negotiated with the suspect for at least two hours.

“The man refused to comply with continued demands to drop the knives and began to charge at the deputies,” according to the statement. “A 40mm less-lethal stun round was used to stop the man, but had no effect. When the suspect continued to charge at deputies, two tasers were also deployed, but had no effect.”

As the man continued toward deputies, some shots were fired into the upper and lower torso of the man. He was rushed to an area hospital, in critical condition, and no deputies were injured.

The sheriff’s Homicide Bureau urged anyone with any information regarding the incident to call them at 323-890-5500.

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