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Suspect wounded in Yuma officer-involved shooting

Yuma, Arizona (AZFamily) — An investigation is ongoing following the shooting of a suspect by a Yuma police officer Friday morning.

The incident began just after 7 a.m. when officers received a report of a disturbance at a nearby residence. 10th Avenue and Magnolia StreetYuma police say a 30-year-old man had been threatening to kill the people who live there and their dogs.

When police arrived, the man continued to exhibit “disorderly behavior,” including displaying multiple weapons and threatening officers, police said. The suspect reportedly refused officers' commands and continued walking toward a residence in the area, still carrying the weapon.

Police said officers tried less-lethal tactics, including using Tasers, but the suspect “threatened officers with the weapon,” at which point police opened fire.

Officers provided him with assistance until emergency services arrived and he was taken to hospital, where his current condition is unknown and his name has not been released.

No one else was injured.

No officers were injured in the shooting, which happened in Yuma just after 7 a.m. Friday.(Arizona Family)

“The incident that occurred early today is a tragedy for the community and all involved,” Yuma Police Chief Thomas Garrity said Friday afternoon.

A woman who identified herself as the sister of the man who was shot said police had not given her family any information about her brother's condition Friday afternoon.

“I want to know if he's alive or dead. I want to know the hospital. I want to know why they shot him so many times. Why did they do that? It's not fair. He has a son and what are we going to say to him?” she said.

Neighbors who witnessed the incident said multiple shots were fired.

“Whatever it was, I think it was too much. Neighbors say he was Tasered as he was leaving and shot multiple times before he fell to the ground,” she said.

The Yuma Regional Critical Incident Response Team was deployed to investigate the shooting.

“We understand the community may have questions and when we are able to release more information we will do so,” Chief Garrity said. he said in a social media post.“Please wait until all the facts are known.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Yuma Police Department at (928) 373-4700 or 78-CRIME (928-782-7463) to remain anonymous.

This is the 28th officer-involved shooting in Arizona this year.

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