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Utah man wielding ‘battle ax,’ wearing a bulletproof vest, were shot dead by police, officials say

Benjamin Dee Wilcken, 38, was allegedly shot dead by the police after he allegedly threatened them with a “battle ax.”

(Iron County Sheriff’s Office)

A Utah man who donned body armor and was swinging a “battle ax” was shot Christmas morning after threatening to detonate explosives, and attack the police officers, the officials said.

Benjamin Dee Wilcken, 38, was arrested Monday after an hours-long confrontation with the police, FOX13 Salt Lake City reported.

Cedar City Police, Iron County Deputies and a SWAT team were reportedly sent to a house after receiving a call in the late night of Sunday to Monday about a man threatening to harm himself in a house where children were present.

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The authorities tried to negotiate with Wilcken, after he allegedly threatened them and neighboring residents with explosives, which forced the authorities to order the evacuation of the area as a precaution. No explosives were found during the search of the house.

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Two agents tried to control Wilcken with stun guns after he allegedly threatened them with what he allegedly referred to as a “battle ax,” but according to FOX13, Wilcken’s “military-style body armor protected him.

The police then shot Wilcken once in the chest. The conflict ended around 3 a.m. Monday when the suspect surrendered, the Deseret News reported.

Wilcken was reportedly taken to Cedar City hospital and treated for self-inflicted injuries were not life-threatening, and at discharge from the hospital, was imprisoned in the Iron County Jail for second-degree felony complaints of assault of a police officer and making threats against persons or property, in addition to felony complaints of disorderly conduct and drunkenness.

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According to the Deseret News, Wilcken pleaded guilty in 2013 for assaulting an officer and attempting to drive under the influence.

Cedar City Police Sgt. Jerry Womack told the newspaper Wilcken was known to the local police prior to the Sunday of the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Nicole Darrah cover breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

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