Police in North Carolina fatally shot a man Saturday who allegedly stabbed his ex-wife's teenage daughter in front of them.
When law enforcement arrived at the Charlotte home, they encountered the suspect holding the 13-year-old girl at knifepoint around 7 p.m., authorities said.
The victim's mother had escaped from the home after the suspect forced his way in, according to a police statement.
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The man found the girl, which is when officers arrived and attempted to de-escalate the situation, a report noted.
The man then began to stab the teenager "without warning," police said.
"They were met with something that horrific, to see a 13-year-old getting stabbed, and they were left with no choice," said Johnny Jennings, the chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. "The motive to stab a 13-year-old is something that is beyond comprehension for us."
The officers fatally shot the suspect, and the girl was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
Neither the teenager nor the suspect has been identified, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.
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The officer responsible for firing the fatal shots will be on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure following a shooting, police said.