PD: Man with hatchet, knife shot, killed by Phoenix police

PHOENIX - A 42-year-old man is dead after, police say, he pulled out a hatchet and a knife on officers forcing them to shoot him Friday evening.

Authorities released more details Saturday morning  regarding the incident that began near 27th Avenue and Camelback Road while police were investigating a different call.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson with the Phoenix Police Department identified the man Saturday as Isaac Lankisch.

Authorities allege that Lankisch advanced towards officers Friday night with a hatchet in one hand and a 10-inch hunting knife in the other.

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While police were responding to an unrelated call Friday night, an aggravated assault alert was called in within the same complex, said Thompson. An unidentified man told police that Lankisch had entered his apartment uninvited, removed something from the table and left.

The man confronted Lankisch to get his property back, but then then he began to chase him around the apartment with an alleged hatchet and a knife. The man told police that Lankisch tried to strike him with the hatchet, but missed and ended up hitting the wall.

Lankisch eventually left, according to police, and the man then contacted authorities.

Officers were able to locate Lankisch around 8:30 p.m. a few streets east of the original call. Officers noticed the hatchet and the knife in the man's hand, drew their weapons, ordered the man to put down his weapon and then shot the man after he advanced towards them.

A police report said the man got within 10 feet of the officers and threw the hatchet at them. The officer then shot the man. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

No officers were injured, said Thompson. The incident is now being investigated by the Violent Crimes Bureau and the Professional Standards Bureau of the Phoenix Police Department, which is standard in officer-involved shootings.


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