BEDFORD, OH (WOIO) - Bedford Police Department has released the audio recording of a fatal confrontation between a man and police.
It was 4:30AM Thursday, when two members of the Sikh Temple on Tarbell flagged down a police officer on patrol. The members said there was a man - identified as temple member Ravinder Najjar - armed with a knife inside the building. Members say the 41-year-old was chasing around two priests with a meat cleaver for reasons unknown.
Officers responded to the scene and upon entering the temple, noticed Najjar coming down some steps brandishing a meat cleaver.
He was shot when he refused to stop and drop the meat cleaver.
The officer yelled stop, drop the knife, drop the knife," said Bedford Police Chief Greg Duber. "The individual kept coming toward him and he shot him."
A total of five shots were fired, three of which hit Najjar. Najjar was pronounced dead at 5:10AM at Bedford Medical Center.
The officer was placed on the standard three-day administrative leave.
"It happened in a place of worship," said Temple member Baltek Singh. "It is even disturbing for anyone or everyone."
19 Action News has learned Najjar does have a police record, which mostly involves intoxication, fighting and acting strangely.