Man with knives shot, killed after charging Scottsdale police officer

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SCOTTSDALE -- A Scottsdale man whose wife reported that he was out of control and threatening to harm himself died after charging at a police officer while holding two knives.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Scottsdale Police Department received a 911 call from a woman reporting her husband was out of control and breaking things at their home near 69th Street and Gold Dust Avenue.

While police officers were on their way to the home, the woman called again and said her husband had a knife and was threatening to harm himself.

The wife fled the residence and went to a neighbor's home. She was not harmed.

According to the Scottsdale Police Department, Officer Matt MacArthur approached the front door and was confronted by Nathan Howard, 41, holding two knives.

Howard reportedly ignored verbal commands to drop the knives and charged at the officer. MacArthur fired his pistol, striking Howard twice in the torso.

Howard stopped his attack and was handcuffed by the officer.

Howard reportedly remained conscious and combative as more officers arrived. He was further restrained and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead about three hours later.

MacArthur has been a police officer for five years. He was placed on paid administrative leave, which is procedure for officer-involved shootings.