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Flagstaff Police release body camera footage of officer-involved shooting

Flagstaff Officer Involved Shooting
Posted at 7:32 AM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 18:29:22-05

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Flagstaff police have identified a man fatally shot after they say he charged at an officer while wielding knives.

Authorities say 47-year-old Russell Henry Harold, of Boise, Idaho, approached two officers Sunday morning with a knife in each hand.

The officers were leaving a community mental health center on an unrelated call.

Police say Officer Tyler Romney ordered Harold to drop the knives. The commands can't be heard on police body camera video because it has a standard 30-second audio delay once it's activated.

Police posted a clip online, showing Harold charging at an officer.

Romney then fired his weapon, hitting Harold. That part isn't shown on the video.

Harold was transported to a hospital and later pronounced dead.

Police say Romney has worked for the department for three years.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting.