Phoenix PD: Woman Calls Cops About "Prowler" Outside, Police End Up Shooting Her When She Goes After Officer With Knife

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A Phoenix woman who called the cops this morning reporting a "prowler" outside her apartment ended up being shot by an officer when she went at him with a butcher knife, police say.

Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump tells New Times the woman phoned in around 4:30 a.m. today about the "prowler" outside her apartment, near 9th Street and Devonshire Avenue.

An officer found just about the only guy outside the apartment building at 4:30 a.m., who told police he'd been banging on the woman's door for about 10 minutes -- because he lives there.

The man told police he'd just gotten back into town on a Greyhound bus, and the woman inside the apartment who wouldn't let him in is his girlfriend.

Crump says the woman wouldn't answer the door for the officer either, so the dispatcher dialed up the original 9-1-1 caller, confirming it's the same woman who phoned in about the "prowler."

When the dispatcher convinced the woman to go outside and talk with police, Crump says she did, but ended up bringing out a butcher knife with her.

While the woman was facing her boyfriend with the knife around chest level, Crump says the officer gave her commands to drop the knife.

Instead, Crump says she raised the knife up and came after the officer -- and that's how you get shot by police.

Crump says the officer believes he fired the gun twice, and at least one of those bullets hit her in the abdomen. She's currently in surgery.

Police aren't releasing the names of the officer or the woman, as Crump says police are still processing the scene of the shooting, and the officer may be the victim of an aggravated assault.

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Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Sounds suspicious.    Why was the officer close enough to the suspect to be stabbed?   Did the officer not see the knife?    Why not?    Did he allow the two parties to get close enough together so he couldn't see the knife?    Whatever happened, the boyfriend should not have allowed to be in the vicinity of the apartment after the officer determined that there was a possible problem between the two.    The officer never should have been close to the door when she opened it.    That's basic defense procedure.    If the officer was far enough away then there's no need to shoot.     I thought they all carried the magic taser.    What...he couldn't back up to avoid a knife which was raised and not thrust towards him?   Many mistakes were made.    What's so bad about backing up and using your baton?     They love to shoot people don't they?    And if he missed with one shot he shouldn't be allowed to carry.    Was he so far away that it took two shots?    Then why even shoot?

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

I'm guessing she was suffering from the effects of bath salts when this happened. 

NewsDog
NewsDog

You never know folks. Sometimes truth is really stranger than fiction.  

azbluesgal
azbluesgal

how sad, another case of love gone bad....lol...tee hee hee

FDR
FDR

Seems to be a bit shady to me!

Warren Meyer
Warren Meyer

methinks we are going to hear another side to this story.

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

According to the PPD press release. The arresting officer present, first tried to "knock out the knife from her hand" after she first made threats to her boyfriend at the scene. When this happened, it only made her even more "angry", and thus resulted in her charging at the officer. Forcing him to apply lethal force, to neutralize the subject.
I'm kinda wondering why no tasers was used. It's just a 5 ft woman with a knife vs. a 6 ft tall LEO.

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