PCSO: Man with meat cleaver shot, killed at Maricopa restaurant

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

MARICOPA, Ariz. -- A sergeant with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office shot a man who reportedly threatened him with a meat cleaver in a Maricopa restaurant.

According to the sheriff's office, a Hispanic male with a knife ran into the Great Wall restaurant located at 20928 N. John Wayne Parkway just after 10 p.m. Sunday and sat in a booth.

The man threatened customers and employees, who fled out the back door and called 911, according to spokesman Elias Johnson.

Sheriff's deputies and Maricopa police officers tried to contact the suspect in both English and Spanish, but he refused to comply with any orders and began cutting himself with the knife, Johnson said.

The deputies and officers entered the business shortly after 1 a.m. and fired three beanbag rounds to get the suspect to comply with commands to surrender.

Johnson said the suspect then brandished a meat cleaver in an aggressive manner and approached a Pinal County sheriff's sergeant. The sergeant shot the man twice in the chest.

The suspect died a short time later. His name has not been released.

“The suspect in this case attempted to use lethal force against one of my sergeants," Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "The sergeant was forced to use deadly force to protect himself and other law enforcement members in the business."

The incident is still under investigation.