Maricopa Female Police Officer Shoots & Kills Unarmed Man - Earning The Hate
The Maricopa Police Department has released body camera footage of a man who was shot and killed by police back in March.
Police say they responded to a residence in the Homestead community near White and Parker and Honeycutt roads at around 8 a.m. a.m. on March 27 after they received reports of an armed man who was reportedly suicidal at the front yard of a home.
"Once on scene, the suspect began making threats towards officers in an attempt to engage them. As the suspect advanced towards officers into the street, an MPD Officer fired her duty weapon, striking the suspect," the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
The man, 56-year-old Lawrence Knudsen, was taken to the hospital where he died.
A neighbor just a few houses down says she was able to figure out which house it happened at when she woke up.
"Over there by the landscaper, that’s the landscaper's house. We know because he has a car like a landscape car. And then I came out, and I saw, and I told my mom it might be really bad. We don’t know much people here. I just know the two neighbors because we’ve been here for over five years, but it’s very quiet here," the neighbor said.
Maricopa Police officials revealed new details on the case, in an incident debrief video that was released on April 26.
In the video, it was revealed that the incident began with a 911 call from Knudsen, who said he wanted to carry out self-harm, and that he was armed with a handgun.
"Nobody is listening to me," said Knudsen, who then hung up.
"Mr. Knudsen would repeatedly hang up the phone, and the dispatcher would call back," read a caption on the video. "He made conflicting statements during the multiple calls."
Officials said Knudsen later indicated he was outside his home, armed, and waiting for officers to arrive.
Eventually, officials said three officers arrived at the scene, and Knudsen walked in the direction of the officers. In the video, he can be heard shouting profanities at the officers.
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