PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A man is fighting for his life after police said an officer shot him when investigators say he came at the officer with a knife in Phoenix. It happened Tuesday around 7:30 p.m. in a neighborhood near Roosevelt and 30th streets.
Phoenix Police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said officers were sent to an apartment complex because of a domestic violence call. She said a man had been possibly hitting a woman, who may have been his girlfriend or the mother of his children, and fighting with her. Officers learned the man had a knife. When officers got there, the woman was outside and she talked to officers. Then the suspect came out of the apartment.
"The officer told the suspect as he was walking towards (sic) him to show him his hands. At that moment, that suspect advanced on the officer, causing the officer to have to retreat and walk backwards (sic)," said Fortune. That's when the officer shot at the man. The suspect was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. He later died. No officers were injured. A knife was found nearby.
Fortune said there were five children inside the apartment when the family fight broke out. They range in ages from 1 year old to 8 years old. The officer who opened fire has two to three years of experience and was training another officer at the time, who has been on the job for about two weeks.
This is the 38th shooting of 2021 that involved officers in Maricopa County. There were three officer-involved shootings last week alone.