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Police Get Involved in Phoenix Shooting

Man Shot By Two Phoenix Police Officers

When a police situation turns scary who do you call? On Wednesday night a thirty-two year old man was shot by two Phoenix police officers. However, the man later admitted to charging at the officers with a knife because he actually wanted to shoot them.

The Phoenix Police Sgt. Vince Lewis said that the man was actually part of a domestic violence case. He was carrying a large kitchen knife when he ran towards the officers. That’s when the police did, what they believed was their only choice and opened fire at the man.

Sgt. Lewis’ Statement:

The family reported that the suspect has a mental illness and was consuming alcohol during the evening. The suspect later told police that he charged at the officers to force them into shooting him.

According to the reports, the shooting happened just before 7:30 in the evening.  The police had to be called for a domestic disturbance abuse call. The police said that the call involved an adult man who was mad and threatening to kill his mother and stepfather. What a horrible thing, just because you’re mad at someone, you can’t just decide to kill them.

When the officers arrived to the scene they found a man chasing his own stepfather with a knife.

The officers told the man to drop his knife, however he continued toward them. That is when the officers had to start firing at him.

Sgt. Lewis’ Statement:

Fearing for their lives, and that of the stepfather who was hiding behind police, both officers fired their service weapons, striking the suspect who then dropped the knife, thus ending the violent threat.


According to a neighbor, David Rice, the man had chased his stepfather down the street. They got into a confrontation about a block from in front of Mr. Rice’s home.

Apparently the man has schizophrenia and the mother was running down the street to tell the police that.

The suspect, had to be taken to the hospital. He was in “very critical condition”. As of Thursday, he was still in the hospital.

Rice said that the suspect was well known in his neighborhood. The neighbors say that he is usually a pleasant man and is quite often seen riding his bicycle. Rice said that he’s never seen anything before that would make him believe that the young man would turn violent.

Sgt. Lewis said that the two officers who shot at the suspect were: a forty-five year old man who served for 15 years as an officer and the other was a thirty-three year old man with nine years experience as an officer.



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