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UPDATE: Man brandishing knife shot by Westlake police officer, suspect recovering

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WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) -

"Shots fired! Westlake! Shots fired! Westlake! We need backup!"

These were the words of police early Monday morning when officers responded to a man holding a knife at Isle of Capri Casino.

"Westlake Police responded to a report of a man brandishing a knife in a parking lot. They arrived on the scene and confronted the subject. The subject had the knife in his possession, was shot and Louisiana State Police is investigating," said Sgt. James Anderson, Louisiana State Police Troop D spokesman.

The Isle of Capri Communications Department released the following statement: "We are thankful for the quick response from local law enforcement in Westlake ensuring that both our customers and employees are safe. Any specific details related to this matter will be released by law enforcement as this is an ongoing police investigation."

Anderson said at last check, the suspect's injuries weren't considered "life-threatening."

The suspect did have surgery.

Just days after Baton Rouge Sgt. Shawn Anderson was gunned down at a barber shop, Louisiana State Police continue to be aware of the safety of casino- goers.

"The casinos in our area are very proactive when it comes to our security both inside and outside of their facility," said Sgt. Shawn Anderson. "They are alert to these types of incidents. They're looking for someone who is a potential threat to the patrons and they take proactive steps to help ensure the safety of the people that visit the casinos."

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