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Police investigating deadly shooting, stabbing in north Phoenix involving off-duty officer

Posted at 5:22 PM, Nov 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 19:14:00-05

Authorities are investigating a deadly shooting involving an off-duty officer in north Phoenix.

Police were called to the area of Interstate 17 and Cactus Road around 5 p.m. Saturday.

Officers on scene said the incident occurred around 4:45 p.m. when a man boarded a Valley Metro Bus at 49th Avenue and Cactus Road armed with two knives.

He reportedly told the bus driver to "just drive," police said.

ABC15 spoke to one eyewitness who saw and heard everything. He was too afraid to be identified publicly, so he is referred to as 'John' in his explanation of what he saw. 

He was sitting in the passenger seat with a friend while driving near I-17 and Cactus Road. John said he noticed the bus was driving slower than normal. 

"I turned around to see a man in the bus, attacking the bus driver," said John.

John said he saw the suspect with a knife in each hand. 

During the incident, the driver sustained a minor cutting injury and another passenger was stabbed and suffered a non-life-threatening injury. 

Police have since identified that suspect as 27-year-old Humberto Edwards.

Both of the stabbing victims were able to escape from the bus and ran out into the street.

But, John said he saw Edwards continue to chase the driver. 

"I saw his face clear as day," John said. "The best way I could describe it is shark eyes... like, nothing there."

An off-duty officer in a personal vehicle was behind the bus and shot the suspect, police said.

Edwards died of his injuries at the scene.

Police said Edwards attempted to carjack several vehicles before the shooting.

The officer is only being identified as a sergeant with 10 years of service with the Phoenix Police Department at this time due to the ongoing investigation, a Phoenix police spokesperson said.

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