PHOENIX - A suspect was shot by Phoenix Police on Tuesday, Jan. 12, says the department, after a man reportedly pulled a knife on a business owner.
The shooting happened near 35th Avenue and Buckeye Road around 4 p.m. when officers responded to reports of a man pulling a knife on another man.
Police say the suspect was breaking car windows with rocks, and when a business owner confronted him, the suspect pulled out a knife.
When officers arrived, they told him to drop the knife and Tasered him twice. It reportedly didn't work and the suspect lunged at police with the knife. That's when the suspect was shot.
"They were giving verbal commands to drop the knife, they were trying to get him to surrender, to apprehend him because he had just committed aggravated assault on a victim and criminal damage to those vehicles," says Sgt. Maggie Cox with the Phoenix Police Department.
The suspect was injured and taken to the hospital in critical condition.
As for the effectiveness of the Tasers, police say there are multiple factors in why less-lethal force did not work.
"There's different things that can affect the effectiveness of a Taser and it's one of the tools we try to use. And this time we tried twice and it was ineffective, not sure if it was clothing or something else but that will be determined," Cox said.
The suspect hasn't been identified but is a 19-year-old man, police say.
No officers were injured in the shooting.