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Man shot and killed by Maricopa police officers after allegedly making threats

Officials said the man "engaged" with officers when he was shot in a Maricopa subdivision.

MARICOPA, Ariz. — A man is dead after allegedly making threats with a gun and being shot by Maricopa police officers Sunday, officials said. 

The Maricopa Police Department said the shooting happened on North Mac Neil Street in the Homestead subdivision just before 8 a.m. Officials said the man, who was identified as 56-year-old Lawrence Knudsen, was reportedly suicidal and had a gun in the front yard.

When officers arrived, they said Knudsen made threats at police and started approaching them with the gun. One officer shot Knudsen. 

He was taken to the hospital where he died of his injuries. 

No officers were hurt in the incident. The Arizona Department of Public Safety will be investigating the shooting.

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