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Man armed with homemade wooden spear shot by Glendale police

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Posted at 10:45 AM, Jan 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-31 12:45:32-05

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Glendale say officers have shot and wounded a man armed with a homemade spear that had a pointed end.

The name of the 23-year-old man wasn't immediately released Sunday.

Police say officers responded to a threatening 911 call Saturday night from a man who stated that he had a gun and "wanted to shoot cops."

Officers arrived on the scene just north of downtown Glendale and confronted a man matching the description.

Police say the man started making threatening comments toward the officers and allegedly charged them with a wooden spear that was about 4 feet long.

When the man ignored commands to drop the weapon, police say an officer fired several shots at the suspect.

The man was rushed to a hospital where he was reported to be in critical condition.