Police: Officer shot man who approached carrying knife

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Posted: Aug 18, 2015 5:01 PM

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a Virginia police officer shot a man who approached carrying a knife during a call for a disturbance involving the man and his mother.

Officers were called to a home in Woodbridge on Monday evening for a report of a domestic disturbance, Prince William County police said in a statement Tuesday. While an officer spoke to the mother, the woman's 25-year-old son, Yonatan Marufe, approached with a knife, the statement said. The officer fired, striking him in the upper body.

Marufe was flown to a hospital, where he was treated and released, according to the statement. He has been charged with attempted aggravated malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer and has been ordered held without bond pending a hearing scheduled for Oct. 14.

The officer who fired the shot has been placed on routine administrative leave while the investigation continues. Authorities did not release either the officer's name or race.

The officer and mother sustained minor, non-gunshot injuries and were also taken to a hospital, according to the statement.

Police said Marufe is black, though online court records list Marufe's race as Caucasian.

Michael Vivenzio, a lawyer appointed Tuesday to represent Marufe, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.