Alexander Mear

Alexander Mear, 23.

GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A suspect is seriously hurt after getting shot when he charged at two officers with a wooden spear north of downtown Glendale Saturday night.

According to a City of Glendale spokesperson, the shooting happened near 59th and Hayward avenues, which is just south of Northern Avenue.

Police said that an officer responded to the area at around 5:30 p.m. after a the suspect, identified as 23-year-old Alexander Mear, called 911 and said that he had a gun and wanted "to light some people up," and specifically "shoot cops." An officer arrived, and police say Mear pulled out a homemade four-foot wooden spear with a sharpened point and began making threats. Mear then started charging at the first officer as a second officer arrived, and the man lunged at the second officer with his spear, forcing the cop to shoot him, police say.

Homemade wooden spear used by suspect

Photo of the homemade spear allegedly used by the suspect when he charged at two Glendale police officers.

The officers were wearing body-worn cameras, and the video is expected to be processed and reviewed. No officers were hurt, according to Glendale police.

Mear was taken to a hospital with critical injuries and is currently in stable condition. Police say Mear is facing two counts of aggravated assault.

This is the sixth officer-involved shooting in Maricopa County so far in 2021.


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