Russell Henry Harold, 47, from Boise, Idaho, was identified by the Flagstaff Police Department after he was shot and killed Sunday by an officer who was exiting The Guidance Center, the department reports.
Harold approached officer Tyler Romney with two knives raised toward Romney, the department reports. Romney had been leaving The Guidance Center with another officer after an unrelated call and told Harold to drop the knives, according to Charles Hernandez, spokesperson for the Flagstaff Police Department.
Romney fired his weapon after Harold charged the officer, Hernandez said. Police say they provided life-saving measures until medical assistance arrived. Harold was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center, where he was declared dead.
Romney has worked with the police department for over three years, according to Hernandez. He was placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation, Hernandez said.
"There is an internal affairs investigation currently being conducted by the Flagstaff Police Department Professional Standard's Office," Hernandez said about the officer's use of force.
The Coconino County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case, which is still considered an open investigation.
Jon Paxton, spokesperson for the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, said Harold had no previous crimes committed in the region, but was registered as a sex offender in Pittsburgh.
A video of the incident was released on the Flagstaff Police Department's transparency website showing Harold approach the officers with his knives raised. The body camera captured the video 30 seconds prior to its activation, without audio, and was redacted just before the shooting.
This is the second officer-involved shooting in the Flagstaff area in the last 11 days, following the incident in the Railroad Springs neighborhood on Jan. 23.