Authorities say two police officers in North Carolina have shot and killed a man who lunged at them with a knife.

The Maiden Police Department issued a statement that officers were called Thursday evening about a report of a man cutting himself. The statement says officers were confronted by 35-year-old Alijah Jackson, who was barricaded in a bathroom. Police say the man, who is white, came out with a knife and refused to drop it. Police say they fired when he lunged at them.

Emergency medical workers declared Jackson dead at the scene.

Police Chief Tracy Ledford said the officers had to defend themselves and others in the home when confronted with a deadly situation. Their race wasn't immediately disclosed and both are on leave while the shooting is reviewed.