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Palm Springs PD Shoots Man With Knife Who Yelled Antigay, Racist Slurs

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A police officer and the suspect were both injured during the altercation in a downtown parking lot.

A man entered a barbershop in the gay enclave of Palm Springs, Calif., on Thursday, shouted slurs, and then brandished a knife before being shot by police outside the business.

An officer suffered moderate injuries but has since been released from the hospital, and the suspect received non-life-threatening injuries, according to the local ABC affiliate, KESQ.

The man was described as "possessed" by witnesses, and The Desert Sun reports he shouted racial and homophobic slurs after entering the barbershop, then pulling a knife on customers and staff. People inside the shop managed to call the police and get the knife-wielding man outside. When officers arrived, the suspect began fighting with them, according to reports, and he was soon shot by one of the cops.

Police have not released the suspect's name.

The same day as the Palm Springs shooting, the FBI arrested a man in Las Vegas who they believed planned to bomb a gay nightclub and a synagogue.

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