Phoenix officer shoots man suspected of threatening people with a knife




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  • 2022-12-04 03:40:25Z
  • By AZCentral | The Arizona Republic
A Phoenix PD vehicle in this December 2021 file photo.
A Phoenix PD vehicle in this December 2021 file photo.  

Authorities are investigating a police shooting in Phoenix that resulted in a man being hospitalized for serious injuries.

Phoenix police officers were dispatched to 27th Avenue and Thomas Road for reports of a suspect threatening people with a knife. When they arrived, they saw a man who matched the description of the individual from the call, according to Sgt. Brian Bower, a spokesperson for Phoenix Police Department.

"One of the officers used a less-lethal launcher and fired one impact round at the man in an attempt to have him comply," Bower said.

The man continued to run west along Thomas Road, police said.

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According to Bower, officers ran after the man while giving commands to stop and put the knife down. While chasing after the man, multiple attempts with the less-lethal launcher were used to gain the man's compliance but all attempts with the less-lethal tools were unsuccessful, police said.

The man continued to run as he turned south on 29th Avenue toward an occupied vehicle, police said. The officer then shot the man.

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The man was detained and provided medical aid on scene, to police. Phoenix Fire Department took the man to a local hospital where he is currently in stable condition with serious injuries.

"No officers or community members were injured during this incident," Bower said. The identity of the man was not released.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Phoenix officer shoots man suspected of threatening people with knife

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