Salina police shoot, kill armed man after finding woman dead

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Authorities say two police officers shot and killed a man armed with a knife after finding a woman dead in a home.

Officers responded around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to a welfare check at 2092 Harold Avenue. Police Chief Brad Nelson said the caller believed that someone inside the home had been injured. 

Police arrived to find what appeared to be blood on the front portion of the home, entered and found a 71-year-old Linda Kromer who had been stabbed to death. 

A news release from the KBI says officers then heard noises coming from the basement and went downstairs. It was there that they found Kromer's 28-year-old step-grandson, Jeremy Connolly. 

Connolly was armed with a knife and had barricaded the door shut. Officers were able to partially open the door and deploy pepper spray as they repeatedly ordered him to drop the knife.

Still holding the knife, Connolly moved towards the officers. The two officers fired at connolly, striking him. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Kansas Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Melissa Underwood said no officers were injured.