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Police: Officers In Arizona Shoot Man With Machete

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Posted at 3:23 PM, Oct 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-23 15:23:00-04

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Police in suburban Phoenix say officers shot a machete-wielding man after chasing him in a stolen truck he rammed into a police patrol car, seriously injuring an officer.

Avondale police Sgt. Brandon Busse (BUS'-e) says he doesn't know the condition of the man shot by police Thursday morning. Helicopter news video showed him falling to the ground.

Busse says the spree started when a man assaulted a city maintenance worker and stole his truck. Police began a pursuit and used tire-puncturing devices. The chase ended with the truck ramming the police car.

Busse says officers confronted the suspect, but he refused their commands and advanced toward them with a machete and pocket knife.

That's when officers shot the man, whose name hasn't been released. The officer's identity also hasn't been revealed.

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10/23/2014 3:22:44 PM (GMT -4:00)