Police: Man killed in Kent officer-involved shooting was armed with machete

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KENT, Ohio -- The Portage County Coroner's Office says the suspect is dead after an officer-involved shooting that happened in Kent early this morning.

According to a press release, a 911 call was made from a home in the 600 block of Virginia Avenue around 3:46 a.m. The caller explained that her cousin, Douglas Yon, 25, was creating a disturbance and refused to leave the home. She also said he was armed with a machete.

Several other people including family members were inside the home, and dispatchers advised them to leave the house to escape any threat.

When officers arrived, they were told that Yon said if any "cops showed up, Douglas Yon was going to run at them and make them shoot him."

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At least four officers were at the scene when the suspect engaged police, wielding the machete. Officers fired at Yon to stop the immediate threat. Officers then contacted dispatchers, advised them of what had happened and requested an ambulance.

Yon, however, died at the scene.

The Portage County Sheriff's Office is conducting an independent investigation of the incident and the officers' response. BCI is assisting.

Per police department policy, the officers involved in the incident will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

No officers were hurt in the incident.

Family members tell Fox 8's Peggy Gallek that the suspect was very depressed.

The family believes excessive force was used and question why a taser couldn't have been used.

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