Police Shoot and Kill Man Suspected of Slitting Child's Throat

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AUSTIN, Texas — Austin police say they shot and killed a man suspected of slitting a 3-year-old girl's throat in front of her mother moments before.

The child is listed in critical condition at Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin.

The shooting happened at the dinner hour yesterday at the University Canyon Apartments in southeastern Austin. Officers answering a report of a stabbing entered an apartment to find a handcuffed woman covered in blood, holding the bleeding child.

Police Chief Art Acevedo says the woman gestured toward the man, who was her ex-boyfriend. He charged the officers with a knife before the officers shot him dead.

The officer who fired the shots has been placed on administrative leave pending a review.

Acevedo said the suspect was not the father of the child. No identities have been released.