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A fight broke out between the two, and the officer pepper sprayed the man.

FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A Flagstaff police officer was forced to shoot a man after he was pepper sprayed on Monday, police say.

The officer stopped a man on a bicycle on East Route 66 near Main Street and said he had a warrant out for his arrest, according to police.

A fight broke out between the two and the officer pepper sprayed the man. The man then used his own pepper spray on the officer, which hurt his vision.

The officer then shot the man once, hitting him in the neck.

The man was taken to the hospital. His condition remains unclear as of Monday evening.

The officer sustained minor eye injuries.

[MAP: 2019 officer-involved shootings]

This is the third shooting of 2019 involving the Flagstaff Police Department, and the 22nd officer-involved shooting in Arizona in 2019.

An investigation is underway.

 


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AZRepublican

The officer fought with a man and they both used less than lethal force then the cop shoots the man ??? Didn't the Flagstaff PD just have and officer get fired for using excessive force on a woman about a year ago ???

azmike99

Its not excessive force. He blinded is disabled the cop. This creates a situation where the cop could be disarmed and killed. Shooting the offender is the only real option...

azmike99

**He blinded and completely disabled the cop

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