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Sparta police identify victim in officer-involved shooting

SPARTA, WI (WTAQ) - A man shot and killed by police in Sparta last Friday night was identified Tuesday as 21-year-old John Bartholomew. 

Police Chief Michael Kass also gave more details of what led to the shooting. 

He said officers were called to remove Bartholomew from a home where he armed himself with knives, and threatened two family members. 

The chief said Bartholomew approached Sergeant Booker Ferguson with a pair of knives -- and when he ignored an order to drop the knives, Ferguson shot the suspect. 

Bartholomew was given first aid and sent to a hospital, where he later died. 

Ferguson, a 10 year police veteran, is on administrative leave while state officials continue to investigate.  

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