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Bodycam Shows Fatal Shooting Of Man Who Told 911 He Had A Gun

Maricopa, AZ – Maricopa police released bodycam video on Wednesday of the officer-involved fatal shooting of an unarmed man last month after he claimed he had a gun (video below).

The incident occurred on March 27 after 56-year-old Lawrence Knudsen called 911 and threatened to hurt himself, KTVK reported.

Knudsen told the dispatcher that he had a gun but wasn’t planning to hurt police officers.

“Mr. Knudsen would repeatedly hang up the phone, and the dispatcher would call back,” police said in a caption on the bodycam video that included the 911 calls. “He made conflicting statements during the multiple calls.”

Bodycam video showed that when the first officers responded to the scene at White and Parker and Honeycutt Roads, Knudsen was standing outside in his yard waiting for them, KTVK reported.

The video showed that Knudsen began walking toward officers holding something in his right hand.

The officers repeatedly ordered Knudsen to stop and back up but the video showed the suspect continued to approach police.

“Let’s do this,” Knudsen yelled as he got closer to a female officer who had her duty weapon pointed in his direction.

A split-second later, bodycam video showed that officer open fire on Knudsen about the same time the other officer deployed a Taser at him.

“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, according to KSAZ.

Officers immediately rendered aid to the wounded suspect and he was transported to the hospital by ambulance, KTVK reported.

Knudsen later died of his wounds.

Officers at the scene recovered a handgun from the tailgate of Knudsen’s truck, KTVK reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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