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Anaheim Police Critically Wound Suspect They Say Was Wielding Knife

ANAHEIM (    —  Anaheim Police critically wounded a suspect they said was wielding a knife Sunday afternoon.

The man was attempting to rob a Subway, police said.

Officers responded about 2 p.m. to the restaurant in the 1100 block of West Lincoln Avenue after a woman called 911 and whispered unintelligibly, according to Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt.

The first officer to arrive radioed that a robbery was in progress, Wyatt said.

Officers spotted the man, knife in hand, menacing two female employees, he said. Police later said the man was holding them hostage.

"Based on the armed suspect's actions toward the employees officers made entry into the business and an officer-involved shooting ensued," Wyatt said. "The suspect was struck and officers immediately rendered medical aid until they were relieved by personnel from Anaheim Fire and Rescue."

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After being shot twice, the suspect, 33 and homeless, was taken to a hospital, where he was in critical condition, the sergeant said. He is expected to recover.

No employees or officers were harmed, according to Wyatt. The store had no customers during the attempted robbery and shooting.

"The incident was captured via officers' body worn cameras," Wyatt said.

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