Phoenix officer-involved shooting: 22-year-old killed by police

PHOENIX - A man is dead after Phoenix police officers felt threatened marking the fourth officer-involved shooting in three days.

A 22-year-old man was shot and killed by Phoenix police Saturday evening during an incident at an apartment complex near Glendale Avenue and 19th Avenue, said James R. Holmes, Phoenix Police Department.

Four officers were called to an apartment complex around 9 p.m. for reports of a fight on the third floor, said Holmes. Witnesses said the 22-year-old man was banging on their door and making verbal threats.

Officers went to the suspect's door and noticed that it was broken, said Holmes. The suspect came to the door at the officers' requests, but refused to leave his apartment, said Holmes. One of the officers tried to physically pull the victim out of his apartment, but the suspect grabbed the officer and pulled him into the apartment, according to police.

Officers tried to assist and a physical fight ensued between the suspect and the officers, said police.

The suspect broke free and grabbed a broken wooden table leg, according to police, and "raised the object in an attempt to strike" one of the officers.

An injured officer felt one of his partners was in danger and fired his weapon at the suspect, said Holmes. The suspect died from injuries sustained in the shooting, police said.

Witnesses said the suspect was acting "bizarre and aggressive" throughout the day, according to police.

The suspect's name has not been released as next of kin has yet to be notified. The situation is under investigation.




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