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.
A suspect is seriously hurt after getting shot when he charged at two officers with a wooden spear north of downtown Glendale Saturday night.
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.
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.