Police shoot, kill armed suspect; stabbing victim missing

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PHOENIX -- What started as a fight between a boyfriend and girlfriend ended with Phoenix police officers shooting and killing a man early Thursday morning.

It happened at 35th and Dunlap avenues.

Police said the suspect, identified as 39-year-old Charles Fournier, came at them with a knife before pulling a gun from his waistband. Two officers fired multiple rounds at Fournier and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

It turned out that the gun was a BB or pellet gun.

The situation began with a domestic violence call at about 2 a.m.

A friend intervened in a fight between Fournier and his girlfriend. That person tried to diffuse the situation by walking the suspect outside.

The girlfriend, whose name has not been released, said she saw Fournier stab the friend several times. The girlfriend then ran across the street to a Walgreens to ask for help.

The suspect allegedly went looking for the girlfriend and kicked in the door of a home belonging to her family. When he realized she wasn't there, he went back downstairs. That's when he confronted officers and was shot.

Police believe Fournier might have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the shooting. Investigators have not released any other information about the suspect.

The friend who was stabbed was not at the scene when police arrived. Investigators believe that person left in a car, but they have no idea where he is at this point.

Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department said the friend is described is a black male in his 30s. He has a thin build and a ponytail. The vehicle police believe he's driving belonged to the suspect. It's a tan Chevy minivan with an Arizona handicap license plate. That plate number is BN214.

Anybody with information is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department.