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Machete-wielding man shot by Phoenix police, authorities say

Reports of the shooting came in around noon Sunday from the area of 19th and Southern avenues.

PHOENIX — A Phoenix police officer shot a man they say was screaming and wildly swinging a machete on Sunday.

The shooting happened near 19th and Southern avenues around noon. Police say two officers happened to be at a nearby gas station when they noticed a man screaming in a field.

When the officers approached, they say the man, only identified as being in his 30s, started screaming at them and walked into the middle of the roadway.

A police officer shot the man with a beanbag round from a shotgun, but authorities say the man wasn’t affected.

At that point, Phoenix police claim that the man started walking toward an officer with the machete, and the officer fired a volley of gunshots at him.

The man was struck several times, and he was transported to a hospital. Police say he is stable.

Police say 19th avenue will be closed until the evening as the investigation continues.

No officers were hurt during the incident.

This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News as more information becomes available.

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