Phoenix Police Releases Video of Officer Shooting 22-Year-Old Man

PHOENIX – Phoenix Police Department released a video on Tuesday of a cop shooting a 22-year-old man armed with a knife in a mental health facility last month.

Video (WARNING: Graphic Content) shows two officers approaching the house near 111th Avenue and Camelback Road around 10 a.m. on July 19 and contacting Matthew Begay.

An employee at the facility called police after Begay threatened to jump out of a second-floor window.

The two officers spoke to Begay, who initially stood at the bottom of the second floor with his hands in his pockets.

The police twice called in a mobile crisis team to help with the situation. There was an initial arrival time of 25 minutes from the first emergency call, but the order was canceled after police learned that all members of the crisis team were unavailable.

After talking to Begay for 15 minutes, he told the officers he was trying to die and brandished a small knife.

The officers told Begay to drop the knife. Instead, Begay walked slowly down the stairs to the officers.

An officer used a taser to slow Begay down. Within three seconds of using the taser, the other officer struck Begay with three shots.

Begay was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The officer who shot Begay has been with the department for two years and is assigned to the Maryvale Estrella Mountain Precinct.

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