PD: Man with sword shot after threatening officers in Show LowPosted: Updated:
SHOW LOW, Ariz. -- A 19-year-old man was shot and killed Wednesday morning after he allegedly threatened Show Low police officers with a sword.
Officers responded to a family fight at an apartment near First Avenue and Cooley Street at about 11 a.m. Gerald Shuff, 56, told them his grandson, Kent Brewer, was inside the apartment with two other grandchildren, ages 4 and 13.
Brewer was apparently armed with a sword and made several statements about using the weapon against the police, according to the Show Low Police Department. Shuff expressed concern for the safety of the other children in the apartment.
Two officers approached the apartment, gave loud announcements at the door and entered the living room area. Brewer reportedly came down the hallway with the sword raised above his shoulder and continued toward the officers.
They told Brewer to drop the weapon, but he did not comply and was shot twice in the chest by one of the officers.
No other shots were fired and no officers were injured.
Officers began CPR until paramedics arrived and took over, but Brewer died at the scene.
The regional Navajo County Homicide Task Force is in charge of the investigation.
Per department policy, both officers involved have been placed on administrative leave. Their names have not been released.