Francisco Valdez, 24

Phoenix, Arizona
March 23, 2017

Agencies: Phoenix Police Department Arizona

Cause of death: Shooting

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Last updated: almost 6 years ago


A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting at a west Phoenix mobile home park.

Officers responded to the Wester Acres Mobile Park near 66th Avenue and Van Buren Street on Thursday around 5:30 p.m. after a woman called 911 because her two sons were fighting.

The woman indicated that her 24-year-old son was acting "aggressively and erratically," police said.

By the time officers arrived, only the 24-year-old son was still at the home. When police went inside in an attempt to talk to the man he allegedly ran into the kitchen, grabbed a knife and charged at officers, officials said.

An unidentified 33-year-old officer shot the suspect, a police spokesperson said. He was taken to a local trauma center where he later died.

Family members told authorities that the suspect had a felony warrant out for his arrest stemming from a parole violation. He previously told witnesses that he wasn't going back to prison and if ever contacted by authorities he would "fight them," a police spokesperson said.

No officers were injured during the incident. Officials said it is unknown if the man was impaired but an investigation is ongoing.

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