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Phoenix PD: Officer injured, suspect dead in shooting

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Phoenix police officers gather outside a home where an officer was forced to shoot and kill an erratically behaving man. (Source: CBS 5 News) Phoenix police officers gather outside a home where an officer was forced to shoot and kill an erratically behaving man. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Phoenix police sergeant shot and killed an erratically behaving man after a fierce struggle with two officers Thursday afternoon, police said. 

Raul Altimirano Suarez Jr., 26, was shot and killed after he violently fought off two Phoenix officers in a bedroom of his home.

The officers fired their Tasers, but were ineffective on Suarez and the 46-year-old sergeant fired his weapon after he was backed into a corner and charged by the suspect, said Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

The shooting happened near 52nd Street and Thomas Road just before 2:45 p.m. after the suspect's father called police and said he was worried about his son's behavior. He told officers Suarez earlier jumped a fence into a neighbor's yard while naked, Thompson said.

Officers later learned Suarez had broken the neighbor's window with a shovel and tried to break into the house before returning home, Thompson said.

The offices found Suarez in the shower of his father's home. The sergeant, who said Suarez had a crazed look in his eyes, told him to get out of the shower so they could get him some help, Thompson said.

Suarez reached for the sergeant's gun as he was getting out, but the officer swatted him away. Suarez then told the sergeant he had taken heroin and another drug the sergeant said he couldn't understand, Thompson said.

The second officer arrived and they tried to take Suarez into custody, but were only able to get one handcuff on him before he broke free and began to struggle with the officers, Thompson said.

The fight carried into a bedroom, where Suarez told the officers he was Satan and Jesus Christ and that he was going to kill them. That's when both officers fired their Tasers, Thompson said.

The fight continued until the sergeant, exhausted and suffering an injured leg during the fight, fired his weapon.

The sergeant, a 21-year-veteran of the Phoenix Police Department, was treated for contusions and released from a hospital, Thompson said.

The other officer, a 16-year-veteran with the department, suffered soreness on her body after being kicked and struck by the suspect, Thompson said.

The names of the officers were not released, and Thompson said the sergeant had been placed on administrative leave, as per department protocol after an officer-involved shooting.

Suarez had been contacted by other officers on Wednesday, when he was found naked and sweating profusely in the backyard of a neighbor's home, Thompson said.

The neighbors said they didn't want to press charges, only that they wanted Suarez to leave, Thompson said.

Because of the neighbors' request and because the incident appeared drug-related, Suarez was taken back to his father's house, Thompson said.

Thursday's shooting marked the 12th officer-involved shooting in the Valley since the beginning of the year.

A criminal and internal investigation are being conducted, Thompson said.

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