GLOBE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A Phoenix-area man police say was armed with a large kitchen knife was shot and killed by a Globe officer earlier this week.
Just after midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 31, a patrol officer with the Globe Police Department was on routine patrol in the downtown business district. The officer contacted a man who had been walking in the area, and was in the process of conducting a field interview with him.
While the officer was engaged in conversation with the first man, a second man, (unrelated to the first man) "appeared from the shadows and immediately began advancing toward the officer and the subject he was contacting," states a news release from the Globe Police Department.
"He rapidly advanced past the first subject and continued on a path directly toward the officer. The second male was clearly armed with a large kitchen knife that he held in a threatening manner as he advanced toward the officer," the news release continues.
Police say the officer drew his service weapon from his holster and pointed it at the armed suspect. The officer says he began to shout verbal commands, ordering the suspect to drop the knife, but the suspect refused.
"The officer retreated away from the suspect by walking backwards while continually giving verbal commands for the armed suspect to stop and drop the knife. When the armed suspect came within five feet of the officer, the officer was forced to fire his weapon," the news release states.
Officers and paramedics rendered first aid to the suspect, but he was pronounced dead on scene. He has been identified as 28-year-old Eric M. Tellez, Jr. His last known address was in Phoenix.
The officer involved has been identified as Justin Reynolds. Officer Reynolds has been a police officer for two years and he has worked for the City of Globe for one year. He has been placed on administrative leave, which is department policy.
Detectives from the Arizona Department of Public Safety Special Investigations Unit and Vehicular Crimes Unit are investigating the incident.