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Knife-wielding suspect prompts Phoenix police officer to shoot

Posted August 17

— A Phoenix police officer was involved in a shooting near 26th and Roosevelt streets just before 5 a.m. Thursday.

According to Phoenix PD, the suspect, an adult male in his late 20s ran into the emergency room of Maricopa Medical Center waving two knives and threatening to stab someone.

The suspect then ran outside and tried to enter a nearby apartment complex. Phoenix police said the suspect was waving the knives, being verbally aggressive and threatening officers.

Sgt. Alan Pfohl said officers tried to use non-lethal force on the suspect, shooting bean bags at him. The suspect continued to threaten officers and would not drop his weapons.

An officer then opened fire and shot the suspect to subdue him.

The suspect was taken right back to the Maricopa Medical Center for his injuries. The man's motive and extent of his injuries are unknown.

No officers were injured. A large area of Roosevelt at 26th Street is blocked off at this time with crime tape and about a dozen police cars as officers investigate.

Sgt. Pfohl said the area will remain blocked off for the next five to seven hours. Prepare to avoid or detour in that area.

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