Man Armed With Knife Charges At Police In Tuscon AZ
Tucson Police Department responded to an officer involved shooting near Grant and Stone, according to Sgt. Kimberly Bay of TPD
According to Assistant Chief Ramon Batista, the county’s Mobile Acute Crisis Team (MAC teams) responded to a call for help. The team specializes in assisting people that are going through a mental crisis.
Batista says often times TPD gets called in to assist. Around 4:30 p.m. Tucson Police were asked to help serve a court order.
TPD says three officers knocked on the door of the mobile home near Rillito and 7th. When there was no answer, they made announcements for about 15 minutes that officers were there.
Batista says he believes that’s when the officers entered the threshold of the home, and a man appeared from a back bedroom of the trailer. The man was holding at least one butcher knife, Batista said.
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The officers backed up into a small yard area, one of them could not get out any further and the man continued to advance with the knife in his hands. Batista could not say what was going on verbally between the man and the officers, as they are in the very early stages of the investigation. One officer then fired his gun, striking the man.
Batista repeatedly said that what happened Friday night was tragic, and the department does everything they can to assist people with mental illnesses. Ultimately their goal is to give people the help they need.
KGUN9 spoke to the family members of the man who died. They say he has been struggling with mental illness, and has been mute for a year. They believe he would understand commands, and they were trying to get him help. The family isn’t against the cops, but wish something else had been done.
The three officers involved are on administrative leave, Batista said, as is standard procedure with these types of cases.
Officer involved shooting near Grant and Stone. Police say one man has been shot, getting more details for you now pic.twitter.com/4wtxabOKBP
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