Timestamp8/27/14 23:28
Date Searched13-Sep-12
StateAZ - Arizona
Victim NameJoel Smith
Victim's Age19
Victim's GenderMale
Hispanic or Latino OriginUnknown
Shots Fired4
Hit or Killed?Killed
Armed or Unarmed?Armed
WeaponKnife or cutting instrument
SummarySuspects in burglary were chased by officers into a canal. There, Smith reportedly threatened an officer with an 8-inch folding knife and refused orders to drop the knife. He also reportedly said, "Go ahead and shoot me." As Smith and the officer came closer together, the officer felt threatened and fired 3-4 shots when the two were within 20 feet of each other. Smith was then shot one more time, fatally. The shooting was very controversial in Guadalupe and Maricopa County -- the deputy's use of force was upheld as "justified" one year later.
Source Linkhttp://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/20130620guadalupe-suspect-killing-justified.html
Was the Shooting Justified?2
Date of Incident9/13/12
Results Page Number1
County StateMaricopa AZ - Arizona