MCSO: Man approached officer with gun, knives in Youngtown

An El Mirage police officer was involved in a shooting in Youngtown in which one man died. (Jacob Stanek/Independent Newsmedia)

By Chris Caraveo

Independent Newsmedia

A man was shot and killed by an El Mirage police officer Sunday night in Youngtown, according to the sheriff’s office.

No officers or deputies were injured.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office received a shots fired call at about 10 p.m. Sept. 10 in the area of 113th and Tennessee avenues, south of Grand Avenue.

MCSO and the El Mirage Police Department responded to the call, with a confrontation between an El Mirage officer and an individual resulting in a shooting, according to MCSO.

Erick Perez (MCSO)

According to a release, a 22-year-old man identified as Erick Perez of Youngtown was armed with a handgun and two knives and allegedly advanced towards an El Mirage Police Department officer and ignored orders to stop.

“The officer believed Mr. Perez was a threat to his life and to others at the scene and deployed lethal force,” the release states.

Mr. Perez died at the scene.

Authorities set up a perimeter at the apartment complex where Mr. Perez was believed to be discharging a weapon. Residents living in areas adjacent to the suspect’s location were evacuated.

Mr. Perez had prior arrests and served time in the Arizona Department of Corrections for arson, burglary, leaving the scene of an accident and violation of parole.

An aunt of the individual said she received a phone call about her nephew being shot at about 4 a.m. She came out to the scene Monday morning to talk to surrounding residents.

“We’re still trying to figure it out,” she said about the incident.

Other family members came to the area after the shooting occurred but the scene had already been blocked off. Officials left the scene before 11 a.m. Sept. 11.

An El Mirage police officer was involved in a shooting in Youngtown in which one man died. Officials continued to investigate at the scene until before 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Jacob Stanek/Independent Newsmedia)

“Detectives are still putting the pieces of this case together and have not yet determine a possible reason(s) for the action taken by Erick Perez,” Sgt. Calbert Gillett said in an email Monday afternoon.

MCSO provides law enforcement services to Youngtown and El Mirage police responded as back-up due to the nature of the call. MCSO Homicide Detectives assumed control of the investigation into the death of Mr. Perez.

MCSO and El Mirage officers activated body-worn cameras for this incident. Independent Newsmedia submitted a records request for video of the incident.

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