PD: Suspect in deadly officer-involved shooting said he was sitting on bomb

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Phoenix police say the man an officer shot and killed Friday afternoon not only said he was sitting on a bomb, but also had chained a woman to him.

According to Sgt. Alan Pfohl, officers were called to the area of Third Avenue and Culver Street because of a "suspicious" man was yelling in an alley.

"When the officers arrived, they observed an adult male sitting with his back against a garage and he had his arms wrapped around an adult female with a knife to her neck," Pfohl said in an update hours later. "One officer attempted to negotiate with the suspect but he continued to yell threats of killing the woman and at one point, told the officers he was sitting on a bomb."

Pfohl said a second officer, a 37-year-old eight-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department, fired one shot from his rifle. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Saturday, police identified the suspect as 43-year-old Thomas Aikens.

Police said the 57-year-old woman was not injured.

"When officers attempted to move the female away from the suspect, they discovered the suspect had wrapped a chain around her waist to prevent her from leaving," Pfohl said.

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It's not clear what precipitated the incident or if the suspect and the victim were acquainted.

The officer who shot the suspect will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure any time an officer fires his or her service weapon.

On Nov. 17, Phoenix police said the officer involved in the shooting was officer Alan Bansky.

Neither one of the officers who initially responded to the scene was injured.

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