FREMONT — Authorities have identified the man whom officers shot as he wielded a knife outside his Cabrillo neighborhood home.

Troy Francis, 54, suffered life-threatening injuries from the gunshot wounds and underwent surgery Monday evening, police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.

As of Thursday, he remained in the intensive care unit of a Bay Area hospital, Bosques said.

No arrests have been made yet, but the case and the investigation likely will be taken to the District Attorney”s office for possible charges, police said.

No officers were hurt in the incident.

The shooting occurred after officers responded to a 911 call reporting a family disturbance at 6:51 p.m. Monday, Bosques said. A female caller told a dispatcher that a male roommate armed with a butcher knife had threatened and chased her and another female roommate.

The suspect had threatened to harm himself and the women, who ran away from their home in the 4700 block of Baffin Avenue, police said.

Officers Timothy Ferrara and Marrkel Smith arrived at the home at 6:56 p.m., and found Francis armed with a knife in the front yard, Bosques said.

Police say he raised the knife and charged at the officers. As Ferrara and Smith “gave numerous commands” for him to drop the knife, police say the suspect refused.

When Francis continued moving toward the Ferrara and Smith, they fired gunshots that struck the man, Bosques said.

Other officers arrived and gave medical aid to Francis, who was taken to a trauma center, police said.

Ferrara, a 10-year Fremont police veteran, and Smith, a six-year veteran, have been placed on paid administrative leave, Bosques said.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the shooting.

Anyone with information about the incident can call police at 510-790-6800.

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