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Phoenix, Arizona — This incident started around 7:15 p.m., on July 20, 2021 when Officers from the Mountain View Precinct were dispatched to a domestic violence fight at an apartment. The female caller told 911 that her husband (later identified as 31-year-old Miguel Hernandez) hit her, and he was holding a knife. The dispatcher could hear a child crying in the background. At one point during the almost 15-minute call, the victim stops speaking to the dispatcher, but stays on the line. Two officers arrived at the apartment complex and located the victim standing outside in the parking lot.
The victim was crying and visibly upset. While one officer spoke with the victim, the second officer walked toward the apartment. Within seconds, Hernandez abruptly opened the door and advanced toward the officer, armed with a knife. The officer told Hernandez to show his hands. But Hernandez did not respond to the command. Hernandez continued toward the officer with the knife, and that is when the officer fired at Hernandez. After the shooting, additional officers arrived and because the suspect’s hands could not be seen, the officers did not immediately approach Hernandez.
Officers told the suspect to show them his hands and after seeing that he had no other weapons they approached him and began medical aid. After the shooting, the officer walked the victim back to her apartment and verified that the children were safe. Officers saw minor injuries on the victim, which, according to the victim, were caused by Hernandez. The knife that Hernandez had armed himself with was found on the walkway were the shooting occurred. The officer involved in this shooting is assigned to the Mountain View Precinct, Patrol Division and has more than 3 years of service.
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0:00 – 911 Call
1:30 – Bodycam Footage of OIS