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Suspect injured, no officers harmed in police shooting in Phoenix

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PHOENIX — A 19-year-old man suffered life threatening injuries in a police shooting in Phoenix, authorities said Tuesday.

Police responded to a 911 call near 35th Avenue and Buckeye Road around 4 p.m. for reports of a man throwing rocks at vehicles in the business parking lot.

The caller told police the male threatened him with a knife when he confronted him.

When officers arrived, they attempted to give verbal commands to the suspect who ignored them.

Police said the suspect began walking towards officers with a knife, continuing to neglect commands.

An officer deployed a taser twice. After the second deployment, the suspect lunged toward the officers and one officer shot the suspect.

The officers administered first aid until the suspect was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.

The officer involved in the incident was a 27-year-old woman with four years of service, police said.

It was the third shooting of the year involving Phoenix police, and fourth overall by Valley law enforcement, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM research.

The investigation is ongoing.

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