Identity released for North Carolina man shot after reportedly swinging machete at cop

Investigators have identified the North Carolina man who was shot Saturday after allegedly coming at a Georgia cop swinging a machete.

Salvador Salazar, 28, of Summerfield, remains in the hospital in serious condition, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a Wednesday press release.

The officer who shot Salazar is with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and has not been identified.

Investigators say the shooting happened around 5 p.m. Saturday at an apartment community in Athens, about 70 miles northeast of Atlanta, according to a release.

Officers with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department were called to the University Gardens Apartments about a domestic dispute, state officials said in a release.

“When officers arrived, they were confronted by a male subject from North Carolina who was armed with a machete,” the release said.

“The subject ignored commands from the officer to drop the machete and attacked one of the officers. The officer fired at the subject, striking him. The subject was transported to a local hospital where he remains in serious condition.”

Officials with the Athens-Clark County Police said in a release that Salazar was involved “in a domestic violence incident.”

“Shortly after the initial encounter, the male subject brandished a knife in a threatening manner towards our officer. Fearing for his life, our officer discharged his service weapon and struck the male in the torso,” the ACCPD release said.

The officers were not hurt, state officials said. The involved officer is on leave with pay as an investigation continues.

“An arrest warrant has been issued and turned over to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office to be served for one count of aggravated assault on a peace officer,” the GBI said in the press release.

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