On Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at approximately 12:06 A.M., a patrol officer with the Globe Police Department was on routine patrol in downtown business district on South Broad Street. The officer contacted a male subject who had been walking in the area and was in the process of conducting a field interview with the subject.
While the officer was engaged in conversation with the first subject, a second male, (unrelated to the first subject) appeared from the shadows and immediately began advancing toward the officer and the subject he was contacting. He rapidly advanced past the first subject and continued on a path directly toward the officer. The second male was clearly armed with a large kitchen knife that he held in a threatening manner as he advanced toward the officer.
The officer immediately drew his service weapon from his holster and pointed it at the armed suspect. The officer shouted verbal commands, ordering the suspect to drop the knife, which he ignored. The officer retreated away from the suspect by walking backwards while continually giving verbal commands for the armed suspect to stop and drop the knife. When the armed suspect came within five feet of the officer, the officer was forced to fire his weapon. Officers and Emergency Medical Personnel rendered first aid to the suspect, but he was pronounced dead on scene.
Detectives from the Arizona Department of Public Safety Special Investigations Unit and Vehicular Crimes Unit are conducting the investigation regarding this incident.
Names of the officers and persons involved will not be released at this time due to the on-going nature of this investigation. As per department policy, the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave.