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Man shot and killed by Maricopa police Sunday morning

Maricopa Police Shooting
Posted at 10:52 AM, Mar 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-28 19:19:18-04

MARICOPA, AZ — A man reportedly armed with a gun was shot and killed by Maricopa police Sunday morning, according to authorities.

The incident occurred in a neighborhood near Porter and Smith Enke roads just before 8 a.m.

Police originally received a call about a man in the area with a gun who was making suicidal threats.

When authorities arrived on scene, they made contact with the man, identified by police as 56-year-old Lawrence Knudsen, moved towards authorities into the street.

Officials say they then shot Knudsen.

It is unclear what events led up to the shooting and it is unclear if the man was armed when police arrived on scene.

Officials say all officers are "safe."

Crews transported the man to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Officials with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office have taken over the investigation into this incident.

This marks the 15th media-reported police shooting in the Valley so far this year.