Police shoot Mesa man holding knife to woman's throat - East Valley Tribune: Mesa

Police shoot Mesa man holding knife to woman's throat

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Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012 1:27 pm | Updated: 1:41 pm, Mon Feb 20, 2012.

A man who police say was holding a knife to a woman's throat was shot and killed at the Coral Point Apartments in Mesa early Saturday.

The man was shot and killed by police about about 1 a.m., nearly half an hour after responding to a report of a domestic violence call. According to Mesa Police, officers saw the man with his arm around the woman's neck with the knife to her throat.

Police had negotiated with the man for about 30 minutes but he refused to let the woman go. When he made threatening gestures to the woman, police shot him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Four children also were inside the apartment, but they were safely released.

The man's name has not been made available.

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