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Officer shoots knife-wielding man in west Houston, police say

Police said the man was running towards officers with a knife when an officer opened fire.

HOUSTON — A man is in the hospital recovering after being shot by a Houston Police Department officer late Saturday night.

According to HPD, the man was suffering a mental crisis and charged at officers while holding a knife outside an assisted living facility on the west side of town.

"He reportedly had a knife and was threatening people ... somebody within the house," HPD Assistant Chief James Jones said.

Officers arrived just before midnight and spotted the man outside of the house. When they gave the man commands to drop the knife, he didn't comply and instead moved toward an officer, police said. That's when an officer opened fire, striking the suspect three times.

The suspect was taken to an area hospital in unknown condition.

Neighbors said it's not the first time police have been called to the home on Riverview Circle.

"It's been a real unfortunate place to have a home for the mentally ill," neighbor Bill Gual said.

The home is operated by Grey Stone Life Care Assistance Living. KHOU 11 News reached out to the company, but Grey Stone refused to comment on the claims or the shooting.

Neighbors are hoping the police take a close look into how the home is being operated.

"Just hope that we get this resolved properly and we can put an end to ambulances going up and down our streets at all hours of the day and these people get the proper care," Gual said.

Here's the update police provided at the scene:

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