A man is dead after being shot by police in west Phoenix, officers said.

The incident occurred Monday around 4:30 pm, near the Glendale-Phoenix border.

Sgt. Vince Lewis, with the Phoenix Police Department, said they received a 911 call about a family member attacking a woman. The victim retreated to a neighbor’s home.

Emergency responders arrived on the scene and transported the woman to the hospital with serious injuries, Lewis said.

As officers were talking to neighbors, the suspect emerged from his house armed with a handgun and a knife, Lewis said.

The 47-year-old man refused to comply with orders to drop the weapons.

He was subsequently shot.

“The suspect was struck, and the threat was ended,” said Lewis.

Lewis said officers then used less-than-lethal force to get the weapons away from him. He was taken to a nearby hospital in extremely critical condition. He later died of his injuries.

A neighbor, Jessica Fada, heard the shooting happen. 

“It went like ‘pow, pow, pow’ and then a little break, and then a bunch more after that,” she said. “It was terrifying, absolutely terrifying.”

Neighbors also reported that a police helicopter was circling overhead.  

“The helicopter was saying stay inside your house, get inside your house now, this is for your personal safety, you are in danger. It was pretty intense,” Fada said. 

No officers were injured. They each had less than three years’ experience at the department, Lewis said. At least one of them was wearing a body camera.

Police Chief Jeri Williams was on the scene shortly after it happened.

“She has made every attempt to respond to every officer-involved shooting involving her officers whenever she is in town and available,” said Lewis. “She checks on the officers involved. She looks them in the face, has that conversation with them, sees where they’re at.”

This is the 12th officer-involved shooting in the City of Phoenix and the 27th in the Phoenix area in 2019.

This comes on the heels of two other officer involved shooting that have occurred this month.

According to local news reports, two SWAT officers were involved in a fatal shooting that occurred Sunday evening, according to the Longview Police Department.

Around 7:20 p.m., officers responded to a report of a suicidal person with a weapon. When officers arrived on the scene, they saw a person with a weapon and heard a gunshot.

Police said that they called the Lower Columbia SWAT team to assist responding officers and evacuated homes in the immediate area.

According to a police spokesperson, two SWAT officers fired their weapons and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The age and gender of the suspect have not been released. Neither has the exact nature of the threat.

The Clark County Regional Major Crimes Unit is investigating the shooting.

The officers involved in the shooting, who have not been identified, have been placed on critical incident leave, per the department’s policy.

And finally, Sand Springs (Oklahoma) Police released body camera video yesterday of a fatal officer-involved shooting from September 1, 2019.

The footage shows Lt. Kevin O’Keefe in pursuit of the suspect, with the chase lasting for approximately 5 minutes and covering several miles.

The suspect, later identified as Robert Desjarlais Jr., 49, is seen driving toward the officer, who was standing beside his patrol vehicle.

Sand Springs Police Chief Mike Carter said O’Keefe ordered Desjarlais to stop his car multiple times before firing as Desjarlais’ car hit the patrol vehicle around 8:30 p.m. He also stated that the door of the patrol vehicle took the brunt of the force of the collision impact. O’Keefe was taken to the hospital as a precaution. He was not seriously injured.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI).

According to Chief Carter, the department waited to release the video footage because Desjarlais’ family requested that it not be released until after his funeral.

O’Keefe remains suspended with pay until the OSBI completes their report on the incident. He may be allowed to return to light duty, such as desk or dispatch work, once the report is complete.

The state agency will present their report to the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office, who will review and make their decisions regarding any possible charges.

The Sand Springs Police Department has a policing plan approved by the council each year for the last four years that focuses on use-of-force training, de-escalation training, verbal skills training and crisis-intervention team training. Carter said that they were the first agency to request a memorandum of understanding with OSBI to investigate their officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths in 2016. He said that they also include citizens on their use-of-force review board.

“All these items and many more were an effort to make it clear that we are transparent and accountable to our public. I’ll end with this—I repeat, our condolences to the family of Mr. Robert Desjarlais Jr. I do not know why he made the choices he did that day and I will not speculate about it. I will also say that we’re thankful that Lt. O’Keefe was not killed or seriously injured that day,” he said.

This was the first fatal encounter in the department since 2015.

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Speaking of flying under the radar in the media – did you see this story in Utah?

“He’s got my gun!” a panicked Utah police officer calls out. 

Then again, louder and with greater panic in his voice. 

“He’s got my gun!!”

Authorities have just released footage of the moments leading up to the fatal shooting of a DUI suspect in Utah after he reportedly grabbed an officer’s gun and tried to use it against him.

The incident occurred on August 23, and by the time it was over, the suspect was dead.

West Valley City police in Utah had just arrested Michael Chad Breinholt after a caller said that he had driven to a local business and was “causing a ruckus”.

 

Officers suspected Breinholt had been driving while intoxicated and placed him under arrest. When they brought him back to the jail facility to begin booking, that’s when things escalated.

The video shows the small area where Breinholt was seated while going through the process. It’s a small room with a desk and some chairs, along with a breathalyzer and some drug testing equipment. It’s not uncommon for unruly suspects to put up a fight, but it’s very rarely the scene of a fatal encounter…

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Officers wrestle over a gun with a DUI suspect. (West Valley City Police)

 

Breinholt stands up and tells one of the officers that he has a gun in his shoe. The officer responds that it’s fine, but to sit down and let him retrieve it. The officer doesn’t go for the shoe right away, and Breinholt continues to try standing.

“You don’t want to fight with me. You definitely don’t want to fight with this guy,” one officer says, gesturing to the other officer in the room. “Just sit your a** and stay, okay?”

Eventually the officer reaches over and asks for the suspect’s shoe. All of sudden, the officer and Breinholt are locked in a struggle, and panic sets in as the officer realizes what’s happening.

“F— he’s got my gun. He’s got my gun!” the officer screams.

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A third officer rushes inside the crowded room as the police struggle to regain control of the situation. 

“You’re about to die, my friend,” one of the officers can be heard saying. Then, all of sudden, gunshots ring out as an officer opens fire on Breinholt. Only a single shot was fired.

“Stop grabbing the gun!” another officer yells as Breinholt goes to the ground. 

Another officer confirms that Breinholt was gone after he is seen lying on the ground with a pool of blood surrounding his head.

The New York Post featured the video in an article. It contains graphic content. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.

 

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police Chief Colleen Jacobs gave a formal statement at a press briefing following the fatal encounter. She says that officers never know what they’re up against when someone comes in for booking.

“Some people become combative. Some people are very compliant. Some people become passive aggressive. Some people turn into a lump of potatoes and won’t cooperate with anything,” Jacobs said. “To have one escalate to this level is unique to us.”

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Utah police are justified in using deadly force if they believe it will prevent death or serious injury to themselves or someone else.

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

 

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