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Sedona police fatally shoot man wielding a machete

No officers were injured in the incident.
Credit: 12 News
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SEDONA, Ariz. — Police shot and killed a machete-wielding man in Sedona on Monday. 

The Arizona Department Public Safety said police responded to a call of a man with a machete around 1:30 p.m. on Newcastle Lane near Oak Creek and Highway 179. 

Two Sedona police officers were involved in the shooting that killed the 41-year-old suspect, David Messare, police said. 

Messare was originally from Oregon but relocated to Arizona last summer. 

The officers involved in the shooting were Sgt. Casey Pelletier, an eight-year veteran with the department, and Officer William Hunt, a 14-year veteran. 

Neither of the officers was injured. 

Police said Pelletier and Hunt have been placed on paid leave per standard protocol. 

DPS is assisting Sedona police with the investigation.


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