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Metro Police ID officer involved in deadly shooting

Updated Thursday, June 22, 2017 | 2:19 p.m.

An officer who shot and killed a man who lunged at officers with a knife Tuesday has been identified as Kyle Prior, an eight-year veteran of the force, according to Metro Police.

Prior, 28, who has been with Metro since July 2008, is on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of the incident, police said.

Officers were dispatched about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday to an apartment in the 1100 block of South Cimarron Road to investigate reports of a domestic disturbance, police said.

After a woman and young child came out of the apartment, officers went inside and found Pedro Ramirez, 28, of Las Vegas hiding in a closet and armed with a butcher knife, police said. He ignored commands to drop the knife before he was shocked with a stun gun, police said.

Ramirez was shot three times after he “lunged aggressively toward officers,” police said. He was taken to University Medical Center and later pronounced dead.

Had he survived, he would have faced counts of domestic battery involving strangulation and assault with a deadly weapon on an officer, police said.