Phoenix police detectives are investigating the death of a suicidal man after he pulled a knife on officers.
According to the Phoenix Police Department, officers responded to a group home-style mental health facility south of 111th Avenue and Camelback Road around 10:30 a.m. after the manager called police about a resident who was threatening to kill himself. Officers made contact with the man inside the two-story home and began to talk with him.
The man was standing at the top of the stairs of the second floor. Officers talked with the man for more than 15 minutes trying to provide him help and offer him assistance. A number of other residents were on the second floor. The man would not come down the stairs or allow officers up. During the negotiations, the man removed a knife from his pocket. Officers ordered the man to drop the knife. He did not. One officer used a Taser to try to get the man to comply. The man showed no effects from the Taser and took a step down toward officers. One officer fired his gun, striking the man.
Officers immediately secured the knife and began to provide medical aid. The man was transported to the hospital in extremely critical condition and later died as a result of his injuries.
No one else was hurt during this incident.
Police say the name of the man is not being released pending notification of next of kin.