On Wednesday, Show Low police officers shot and killed a 19-year-old man who allegedly threatened the officers with a sword, AZfamily.com reports.
Police responded to a call about a domestic dispute on Wednesday evening, and found Kent Brewer armed with a sword. After Brewer reportedly made several threats about using the weapon, the officers fired on Brewer, killing him.
At around 11 a.m., police were visited a Show Low apartment on a domestic dispute call. Gerald Shuff, Brewer’s grandfather, told police that Brewer was in the apartment with two other of Shuff’s grandchildren, ages 4 and 13.
The officers loudly announced their presence as they entered the living room area, authorities say. At that point, Brewer reportedly came down the hallway with a sword raised above his shoulders.
Brewer threatened to use the weapon on the officers, according to police. The officers repeatedly told Brewer to drop the weapon, but he refused to comply. According to authorities, Brewer continued to approach the officers with the sword raised.
The officers then shot Brewer twice in the chest. The officers reportedly performed CPR on Brewer and paramedics were called in, but Brewer died at the scene.
Since the officers were apparently defending themselves, it’s unlikely that they’ll face any charges for Brewer’s death. If Brewer survived the ordeal, however, he’d likely be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Under Arizona’s criminal code, a person who commits an assault that involves the use of a deadly or dangerous weapon can be charged with aggravated assault. The perpetrator doesn’t even have to make contact with the victim, as long as the victim is placed in fear of imminent injury.
The Navajo County Homicide Task Force is currently investigating the shooting of Kent Brewer. In keeping with department policy, both officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave.
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