PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A man is dead after being shot by police in northwest Phoenix, officers said.

He has been identified as 47-year-old Hector Miranda who is accused of stabbing his mother in the head with a machete-like long knife.

[VIDEO: Suspect dies following west Phoenix officer-involved shooting]

Police shot the suspect Monday evening around 4:30 p.m. in the area of 43rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road, near the Glendale-Phoenix border.

[AERIALS: No officers hurt in officer-involved shooting in west Phoenix]

Sgt. Vince Lewis with the Phoenix Police Department said they received a 911 call about a man attacking his mother with a knife.

The woman was able to run to a neighbor's home for help.

Zanna Kelley said she was making dinner when the woman rang her doorbell twice for help.

[WATCH: Neighbor recounts what happened]

Kelley opened door and saw her neighbor standing there with a gash on her head and blood pouring down her face.

"It was bleeding really bad," she explained. "It was coming down her face, covering her eyes to where she couldn't see too well due to the blood in her eyes."

"Her son had gone crazy and he had weapons. And between knives and guns and needed 911 and tried to get us to take her to the hospital," said Kelley.

Kelley was surprised by her demeanor.

"I would've freaked out, but she was calm and collected and asking for help," said Kelley.

"She was asking for help and she was trying to make sure she was out of viewpoint of her son who was still at the residence," she explained. "I guess she was afraid that he might come back down this way to do more harm to her maybe."

Kelley let the wounded woman into her home and gave her a towel to try to stop the bleeding. Then helped her get in her husband's truck. He then drove her to the hospital.

"I had blood over me on my right side, we had blood all over here on the patio, in the front foyer," she explained.

"We're able to manage to get her into the truck while I'm on the phone with dispatch," she added.

Today, she's relieved her neighbor was released from the hospital and is glad she was able to step in and help in her neighbor's time of need.

"I didn't think twice. I knew I had to be there. She needed help. We didn't know how the bad the situation was," explained Kelley.

She wants the woman to know that she'll be there for her no matter what.

[WATCH: Neighbors describe 'intense' scene after officer-involved shooting in west Phoenix]

The mother suffered a deep laceration to her head. She was taken to the hospital but has since been released, Lewis said. 

When officers arrived at the scene and were talking to the neighbor, police say Miranda came out of his house armed with a handgun and a long knife.

[WATCH: PD: Officers shoot armed man after he put woman in hospital in west Phoenix]

Officers told him to drop the weapons but he refused, according to Lewis.

Police also say "Miranda made statements that he intended to force officers into shooting him."

According to police, Miranda then advanced on an officer while pointing the handgun at him.

"This officer fired his service weapon striking Miranda who fell into a seated position," stated a news releases from Phoenix police.

"Miranda then pointed the handgun westward toward the first officer and caller," the police statement continued. "The first officer then fired his service weapon. The second officer also saw Miranda point the handgun in the direction of the other officer and caller. The first officer again fired at Miranda who then dropped the weapons."

The two officers involved in the shooting are in their 20s and have less than two years on the job according to Phoenix PD.

Police say additional officers arrived to assist with the arrest and "less-lethal rounds were used to encourage Miranda to move away from the weapons."

[WATCH: Ring video records officer pulling his gun]

Ring Doorbell video records an officer with his gun drawn and taking cover behind a truck parked in a driveway and yelling, "Hey! Stay down!"

It's the same house where a purple car now sits with at least five bullet holes.

Nobody was in the car at the time of the shooting.

The car owner's teenage stepson, Ryan, said he heard gunshots from inside his home and then his dad yell at them to "get on the floor, get on the ground."

"I was a little scared at first," said Ryan.

Miranda was taken into custody and transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

There were no injuries to officers.

A large knife and replica handgun were recovered from the scene.

[MAP: 2019 Officer-involved shootings in Arizona]

Jessica Fada lives nearby and heard the whole shooting happen. 

"It went like 'pow pow pow' and then a little break, and then a bunch more after that," she said. "It was terrifying, absolutely terrifying."

Neighbors also said the police helicopter was overhead. 

"The helicopter was saying, 'Stay inside your house, get inside your house now, this is for your personal safety, you are in danger,' it was pretty intense," Fada said. 

One of the officers involved was 22 years old with one year old of service.

The second officer was also 22 years old, and had a year and a half of service.

Both officers were wearing body cameras.

Police Chief Jeri Williams was on the scene after it happened.

"She has made every attempt to respond to every officer-involved shooting involving her officers whenever she is in town and available," said Lewis. "She checks on the officers involved. She looks them in the face, has that conversation with them, sees where they're at."

[PHOTOS: No officers hurt in west Phoenix officer-involved shooting]

This is the 12th officer-involved shooting in the City of Phoenix and the 27th in the Phoenix area in 2019.

 


Copyright 2019 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

 

Locations

Recommended for you