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updated: 11/27/2013 10:30 PM

Ex-Wheaton man killed by police in Colorado

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Colorado police shot and killed a former Wheaton man Sunday after Boulder police say he charged at them with two knives in his hand.

Neighbors called police to an apartment in Boulder at about 12:30 p.m. after seeing a man, identified by multiple sources as Michael Habay, 42, throwing things outside his apartment and stabbing a wooden post with a large knife.

It was the second time police were called to the apartment that day. The mother of Habay's girlfriend called police at about 7:30 a.m. for a potential domestic situation between Habay and his girlfriend. Police left after Habay's girlfriend denied an altercation, police said.

The second time police arrived, they believed the girlfriend was in the apartment with Habay and in danger when they forced opened the door, according to a news release.

Before entering, police said Habay confronted them, running at them with two knives. He was wearing a black T-shirt, khaki pants, furry Ugg boots, and body armor used in dirt bike riding or paint ball games with shoulder pads and a breast pad, elbow pads and shin guards, police said.

One officer deflected Habay with a shield, before another shot him at least two times, police said.

He was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead.

"It is always unfortunate when an officer has to use deadly force and it is a very emotional experience for any officer who is put in this situation," Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said in a statement. "We are very thankful none of our officers were injured by this attack. Additionally, our condolences go out to the suspect's family for their loss. From what we know right now, it appears as though the officers took reasonable measures to protect everyone's safety, but were forced into a very difficult and life threatening situation."

Relatives in Wheaton declined to speak Wednesday night.

After the shooting, police discovered his girlfriend was safe at nearby apartment. Just prior to the incident, police say Habay made threatening posts on social media sites about his girlfriend, including a threat to killer her.

The Boulder County Police Investigative Team continues to investigate.

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