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PD: Man armed with knife shot by Phoenix police sergeant near 44th Street and Camelback Road

OIS 44th Street and Camelback Road
Officer-involved shooting - 44th Street and Camelback Road
Posted at 7:22 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 12:58:13-04

PHOENIX  — Police said a man was shot by a Phoenix police sergeant after he threatened her with a knife Wednesday night.

Authorities said officers responded to a neighborhood near 44th Street and Camelback Road after receiving reports of a man acting violently towards people and causing damage in the area.

Police said the man took off running, and after a brief foot chase, he stopped near the canal.

The sergeant, realizing the man was armed with a knife, gave him repeated commands to drop the weapon, according to a Phoenix police spokesman Tommy Thompson.

Thompson said the man refused and advanced towards the sergeant. She fired her service weapon, hitting his leg. A witness told ABC15 she heard three shots.

Officers provided first aid and firefighters transported the man to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. He is expected to survive. On Thursday he was identified by police as a 38-year-old man.

Police did not say whether he had mental health issues.

During the investigation police say the weapon was determined to a wooden-handled pruning saw.

Authorities said no other people were injured.

The sergeant who fired the shots has been identified as a 45-year-old woman officer with 16 years of experience on the force.

This is the 34th officer-involved shooting in the Valley this year.