Pinal Co. Sheriff: Police shoot Kearny man armed with samurai sword

Pinal Co. Sheriff: Police shoot Kearny man armed with samurai sword

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Kearny police officer shot and killed a man who was threatening him with a samurai sword on Friday, May 8, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

The Kearny Police Department requested that the Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Bureau investigate the officer-involved shooting that took place outside a residence in the 59700 block of East Bidegain Place.

According to a news release, a woman called police at 11:03 p.m. to report that her husband, 35-year-old Shaun Johnson, had returned to their house. The dispatcher could hear yelling and screaming in the background.

Police said they had contact with Johnson earlier in the evening because he had caused a disturbance at a bar.

When police officers found Johnson's wife walking down the street with her children, she told them he was inside the house.

As police approached the house, Johnson came charging out, swinging the sword. He refused verbal commands to drop the sword, then ran behind the residence.

Officers pursued him, and as they rounded a corner, Johnson was waiting for them, holding the sword over his head in a striking stance.

Sheriff Paul Babeu said in the release, "An officer who was 6 to 8 feet away from him feared for his safety and fired four rounds from his department issued handgun striking Shaun in the chest."

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the incident.

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