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Officer fatally shoots man in Scottsdale

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Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 6:30 am | Updated: 9:13 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A Scottsdale police officer shot and fatally wounded a pipe-wielding man standing in the middle of Hayden Road early Monday, police said.

As the wounded man continued to fight, a police dog called out to the scene attacked two officers, said detective Sam Bailey.

Bailey said an employee at Scottsdale Paint and Body Shop, 315 N. Hayden Road, called police about 5:15 a.m. after seeing a man break a car window in the parking lot.

The suspect, who police have yet to identify, threw a rock at the employee, who wasn’t injured, he said.

The officer — also not identified by police — was alone when he confronted the suspect on Hayden Road and shot the man at least once in the upper torso, Bailey said. The officer believed his life was in jeopardy after the man stepped forward and failed to drop the pipe, he said.

Police did not release further details Monday about the shooting.

A second officer arrived with a police dog and began helping the first officer subdue the man, but the dog attacked the officers.

"The dog is just standing by there and he just knows he wants to be a part of that," Bailey said.

The man was later pronounced dead at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn hospital.

It was the second time in less than 30 days that Rocky, the police dog, bit an officer while on the job.

Scottsdale officer Pat Regan shot Rocky in the hindquarters Sept. 12 after the dog bit his arm while police were searching the back yard of a home for a shooting suspect.

Bailey said Monday’s incident doesn’t necessarily mean Rocky will be retrained or kicked off the force.

He said there is a misconception that the dogs do everything on command or know the difference between officers and suspects.

The department did not release the names of the other officers involved because there was still some critical investigation that needed to take place, Bailey said.

The incident was the second officer-involved shooting in just over a month. A Scottsdale officer shot and killed an armed parole violator Sept. 7 when he resisted arrest, police said.

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