AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities say a 29-year-old man who charged an officer with knives in his hands was shot and killed by police.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says the Friday night incident appears to be "suicide by cop."

Authorities say the male suspect was threatening people with knives in a parking lot. A responding officer backed up his patrol car to create space between him and the suspect, then exited with his long rifle and ordered the man to drop the knives.

The suspect was shot once as he ran toward the officer. The unidentified suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

KXAN-TV ( reports the unidentified officer has been with the Austin Police Department for four-and-a-half years.

(Story by: KXAN-TV, The Associated Press)