JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A man who was shot by police when they responded to a domestic dispute call has died.

On Dec. 7, police were called to a home on Bethel Ridge Road in Avella.

When state police arrived, they heard several shots. Police say Steven Ward then walked toward the troopers carrying a large, Bowie-style knife.

(Photo Courtesy of Washington County District Attorney's Office)

(Photo Courtesy of Washington County District Attorney’s Office)

Troopers say Ward refused to drop the weapon, and they fired shots. Ward was shot once in the arm and once in his side, according to his father.

According to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office, Ward died from his injuries around 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

District Attorney Eugene A. Vittone says the troopers’ actions were necessary to protect police and the community.

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