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Man shot by police officer identified

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Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 1:00 pm | Updated: 8:22 pm, Sun Oct 3, 2010.

Police have identified a 35-year-old man they shot in the chest Thursday while responding to a call from his mother saying he was suicidal inside his west Mesa apartment.

Police say Cole Ravel underwent surgery at a nearby hospital on Thursday after he was shot in the chest while charging an officer with a machete-like knife. He is in the intensive care unit of the hospital and expected to survive, according to police.

As the first of three officers was responding to the call in the 1800 block of West Emelita near Dobson Road and Eighth Avenue about 4 p.m., the officer heard a loud altercation inside the residence and made immediate entry, according to Sgt. Ed Wessing. However, the officer fell in the doorway and when Ravel continued advancing upon him with the knife as the officer was backing out of the apartment, the two other officers outside of the apartment shot him, according to police.

Ravel also had bullet casings inside the apartment that he was threatening to ignite, police said.

Per policy, the officers have been placed on paid administrative leave during the early stage of the investigation. None of the officers was injured.

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