Tucson police fatally shoot man during mental health check

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson police say an officer fatally shot a knife-wielding man who was the subject of a mental health check.

The shooting occurred Friday afternoon in the area of Rillito Street and 7th Avenue.

Officers from the department’s mental health support team were called to the serving of a court-mandated mental health emergency petition on 30-year-old Abraham Smith.

According to police, Smith was mute but could hear and comprehend conversation.

Three officers outside his trailer tried to speak with him for 10 minutes before entering with a key from a family member.

Police say that is when Smith came out holding a 10 to 12-inch blade and a mirror fragment.

Authorities say Smith advanced toward Officer Ryder Schrage, who fired his weapon at Smith.

He died at the scene.

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