Phoenix ID man with sword shot, killed by officers
Phoenix police cordon off an area near 19th Avenue and Culver Street after an officer-involved shooting Thursday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -
Authorities have released the name of a man armed with a sword who was shot and killed by Phoenix police officers.
Police announced Friday that the man was 21-year-old Jose Manuel Meza Avendano.
The man, who was in his 20s, began waving the sword at the officers just before 6 a.m. on Feb. 13 near 19th Avenue and Culver Street, just south of McDowell Road, said Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos.
An officer found the man in a car with the hood up and called for backup before approaching the driver, Martos said.
The man initially refused to get out of the car, but when he did, he brandished the sword.
Officers tried using a stun gun but the suspect continued to resist and the officers fired, Martos said.
The three officers were a sergeant with 20 years on the Phoenix police force, an officer with six years on the force and another with 18 years.
No officers were hurt, Martos said.
It was the ninth officer-involved shooting in the Valley this year and the second in Phoenix. the others were in Glendale, El Mirage, Maricopa, Eloy, Mesa, Scottsdale and Wittman.
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