PD: Man with knife shot by police in Phoenix

Posted at 7:58 PM, Apr 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 17:36:34-04

Phoenix police say a man in his thirties is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after being shot by an officer, or officers, on Wednesday evening.  

Police received 911 reports to respond to a home near 67th and Southern avenues around 7:30 p.m. 

According to a police spokesperson, when authorities arrived at the home they spotted an older man being chased by the suspect who was armed with a kitchen knife. The suspect was threatening to kill his mother and step-father. 

The suspect charged toward the two responding officers who shot him, police said. The man was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition. 

The family told police that the suspect has mental illness and was under the influence of alcohol. The suspect told police he purposely charged at the officers so they would shoot him.

No officers were injured during the incident.