MCSO deputy shoots knife-wielding, rock-throwing suspect

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An 18-year-old man has sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being shot by a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputy in an altercation at a MCSO substation in Fountain Hills, police officials say.

In the afternoon of Monday, Jan. 7, a caller repeatedly called 9-1-1 stating he wanted to talk to a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputy at the MCSO Fountain Hills substation, 16705 E. Avenue of the Fountains.

At approximately 5:35 p.m., a MCSO sergeant went outside to the substation parking lot and contacted the subject, later identified as an 18-year-old male from Fountain Hills.

The male subject began throwing rocks at the sergeant, according to MCSO officials.

The suspect then brandished a knife and advanced towards the sergeant, despite his repeated commands from him to drop the weapon, officials say.

Officials say the sergeant then discharged his service weapon, which incapacitated the suspect.

First aid was rendered on scene and the suspect was transported to the hospital. The suspect is expected to survive his injuries, a Jan. 8 press release states.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing and more details will be released as they become available, officials said.

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