Officer kills knife-wielding man on domestic-violence call

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police converged on a West side apartment complex after an early morning officer involved shooting Monday.

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Officer on domestic-violence call shoots, kills knife-wielding man - Phoenix police converged on a West side apartment complex after an early morning officer involved shooting Monday.

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It happened at the Del Mar Terrace Apartments at 70th Avenue and Indian School Road at about 4:30 a.m.

According to investigators, officers were responding to a domestic-violence call. Two officers found two victims, a woman and her 16-year-old daughter, outside of their apartment. The woman's 35-year-old boyfriend had assaulted both of them and forced them out of the apartment.

The officers approached the open front door of the apartment and saw the suspect standing inside the apartment with a kitchen knife in his raised hand.

The suspect verbally threatened the officers and charged with the knife. At that point, Officer Thomas Baker, who was still standing outside of the door, fired at the suspect and he fell to the floor where he died.

That man, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

None of the officers was injured. Baker has been with the Phoenix Police Department for one year.

"Domestic-violence calls are some of the most dangerous calls that we roll on as officers," said Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department. "You never know what's going to happen. A lot of times, if they have a history of any kind of domestic-violence, there's a good possibility that they know there's a better-than-average chance that somebody is going to go to jail."

It was later learned that a 24-year-old woman and her three children, ages 9, 5, and 1, who were temporarily staying in the apartment were awakened when the suspect assaulted his girlfriend and her daughter.

Thompson said the woman was outside of the apartment and her children were in a bedroom when the shooting occurred.

The case is under investigation.

Thompson said Baker will be placed on administrative leave, in accordance with department policy.

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