Police ID officer who shot, killed knife-wielding man in Phoenix

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The man still charged at officers so another officer shot the suspect, Pfohl said. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The man still charged at officers so another officer shot the suspect, Pfohl said. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
No officers were hurt in the shooting. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) No officers were hurt in the shooting. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Police said they tried using a gun that shot beanbags on the suspect but it didn't work. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Police said they tried using a gun that shot beanbags on the suspect but it didn't work. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Police on Wednesday identified the Phoenix officer who shot and killed a knife-wielding man on Christmas Eve.

Alexander Crown, 28, has been with the Phoenix Police Department for eight months. Responding to a call about a man with a knife, he was first on the scene at 16th and Yale streets late the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 24.

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Police identified that man as Charlie Joseph Murillo, 25. Investigators said police had received a 911 that Murillo was armed and acting irrationally.

When Crown arrived, Murillo “began beating on the officer's vehicle with a knife,” according to Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sgt. Alan Pfohl.

A second-officer, this one a nine-year veteran of the force, arrived on the scene and ordered Murillo to drop his knife.

Pfohl said Murillo approached that officer, who, in response, fired his stun-bag shotgun, which is a “less-than-lethal weapon.”

It did not work.

"It really depends on the person, it depends on the clothing, it depends where on their body we hit them with the beanbag," Pfohl said shortly after the incident.

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The second officer hit Murillo with the shotgun as he continued to approach.

“The suspect turned and approached the first officer with the knife in his hand,” according to Pfohl.

That’s when Crown fired, “ending the threat.”

Pfohl said that while Crown has only been with the Phoenix Police Department for eight months, he transferred from another agency where he accrued multiple years of experience.

Crown will be on paid administrative lead pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure any time an officer fires his or her service weapon.


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