SEATTLE (CBS) — A man was shot Tuesday by an officer near the Seattle homeless encampment known as ‘The Jungle’ during the midst of a knife fight with another man.

Police say the man shot was critically injured and died later Tuesday at a Seattle hospital.

A cleanup was held earlier in the day for occupants of homeless camp. During the cleanup, authorities say a Seattle police officer came upon two men in the midst of an altercation and shot one of them as officials were working to clean out a homeless encampment.

The other man involved in the fight sustained a knife wound during the incident.

The efforts to clear out a homeless encampment known as The Jungle will stop until the investigation into a police shooting that left one man dead has been completed, Mayor Inslee said in a statement.

The shooting took place at Airport Way and S Bayview Street, Seattle Police report.

“At the same time, today’s operation in the Greenbelt was needed, both because of the long history of public safety issues in the area and because of the long-overdue work the Washington Department of Transportation needs to do on Interstate 5,” Murray said. “We expect this work to continue at the conclusion of the investigation.”

The officer who fired the weapon during the incident will be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

Neither she nor the men involved in the incident have been identified.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2016.


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