The Phoenix Police Department has identified two officers who shot a man who charged at them with a knife during a domestic-violence call last month.
On April 19, Officers Federico Perches Jr. and Steven Fernandez responded to a domestic-violence call near 70th and Southern avenues, police said on Tuesday.
A 32-year-old man was reported to be armed with a knife and threatening to kill his mother and stepfather.
When the officers arrived, the stepfather ran toward them after being chased by the man who was holding a large kitchen knife, police said.
Both officers told the man to stop and drop the knife but were ignored as the man then moved toward them, police said.
Perches and Fernandez then fired their weapons, causing the man to drop the knife, police said. The man was transported in “extremely critical condition” that night and as of Tuesday remained hospitalized in stable condition, police said. His name was not released.
The man later told police that he ran to force the officers to shoot him, police said.
Perches, 45, has 15 years of service and Fernandez, 33, has nine years of service.
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