On Friday, Phoenix Police officers responded to the area of 12th Street and Northern Avenue at 11:30 a.m., regarding a report of a suspect with a knife who robbed a convenience store nearby. Phoenix Police report that the suspect was seen shoplifting from the store.
The suspect wielded an 8″ kitchen knife and threatened someone inside the store.
Later, a person matching the suspect’s description was seen walking along a canal when two officers, a 30-year-old man with more than 8 years with the department and a 52-year-old woman with 22 years of service, approached him and saw that he was armed with a knife.
According to police, the suspect did not comply with officers’ commands to stop.
He walked toward what appeared to be a small campsite, and picked up a blanket and wrapped it around himself before turning and facing the officers armed with two knives.
The male officer pulled out and fired his taser, but it was ineffective.
According to police, the officer backed up as the suspect approached until he reached a canal gate and could not back up any more. The officer felt threatened and fired his service weapon, hitting the suspect several times.
The Phoenix Fire Department said the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.