Surprise PD: Man threatening suicide shot by officers

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Surprise police shot a man Saturday after he threatened to take his own life.

According to police, officers responded to a home in the 15000 block of West Aster Drive just before noon after receiving word that a man was threatening to kill himself.

Police arrived to find Joel Byne, 52, holding a rifle to his head.

Byne also made comments to police that he was going to get them to shoot him, according to police spokesman Sgt. Mike Donovan.

Officers negotiated with Byne for a period of time and then attempted to use a less lethal device to stop him from hurting himself or others.

As less lethal rounds were fired at Byne, he pointed the rifle he was holding at officers, according to Donovan. Byne was then shot by police.

He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.