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Suspect with two large swords killed by officers

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APPLETON (WKOW) -- Authorities had to use deadly force to subdue a suspect wielding two large swords.  The officer-involved shooting happened Tuesday in Appleton.

The officer and his partner were responding to a domestic abuse call. When they got to the home a man identified as 35-year-old Armando Aponte charged at them with the swords.  Fearing for their lives, the officers fired several rounds. The swordsman fell to the ground.

Aponte was transported to Appleton Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The shooting is under investigation, which is standard procedure. Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.

The man's wife and five children were not harmed in the incident.

This is the first use of fatal force by the Appleton police in 24 years.

"Fearing that their lives were in immediate danger, two of the officers on the scene fired several rounds at Aponte to stop his attack. Aponte was struck by several rounds and fell to the ground," Chief David Walsh, Appleton Police Dept. "Officers immediately provided intense first aid to Aponte and Gold Cross Ambulance paramedics were summoned. He was transported to Appleton Medical Center, where he succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced dead at approximately 3:39 a.m."

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