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Glendale police fatally shoot man armed with long forceps

November 5, 2019 GMT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Glendale have identified a man who was fatally shot after attacking an officer with foot-long metal forceps.

They say security at a fast-food restaurant called police around 5:30 p.m. Monday because 31-year-old Matthew Rasmussen was swinging the scissor-like object.

Three police officers arrived on the scene and tried to talk to the armed man.

They say Rasmussen ignored commands to drop the forceps so one of the officers tried to detain him.

While the officer and Rasmussen were on the ground, police say Rasmussen was swinging and trying to stab the officer with the forceps.

Police say another officer who was in fear of his safety shot Rasmussen.

He was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition and later died.

Police say the incident is under investigation.