Suicidal man shot multiple times by police after making threats

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by Warren Trent

azfamily.com

Posted on January 23, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 23 at 3:34 PM

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PHOENIX - A man was shot several times by Phoenix police in the northwest Valley after allegedly making threats to hurt himself.

Police say they responded to an apartment complex in the 16000 block of north 42nd Avenue near Bell Road at about 6:30 p.m. after receiving a call from the suspect's roommate.

The roommate called police because the suspect, identified only as a white male in his 50s, was threatening to kill himself with a knife.

Sgt. Steve Martos, with Phoenix police, says officers made contact with the suspect who refused to drop the knife and was tased. The suspect reportedly continued to make threates with the knife and officers shot the suspect multiple times.

No police officers were injured in the incident. The suspect underwent surgery at a local hospital and his medical condition is unknown at this time.

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