4 officer involved shootings occur around valley within 2 days

4 officer involved shootings occur around valley within 2 days

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PHOENIX -

Investigations are underway after police officers shot and killed four people during separate incidents this weekend.
    
The deadly shootings happened in Glendale, Mesa and Phoenix between Friday night and Saturday night.

Three of the shootings involved Phoenix Police officers, a fourth involved Mesa Police and the US Marshals Violent Offender Unit.

While we don't know if these shootings will be justified or not, a retired Phoenix Police sergeant says its the suspect who dictates the level of violence.

Four times this weekend, local law enforcement officers shot and killed someone.

"No one goes to work hoping that today they're going to take a life, but unfortunately that's part of the responsibilities, they carry the burden of trying to protect a community," said Paul Penzone.

Penzone is a retired sergeant from the Phoenix Police Department.

"We recognize that law enforcement's an extremely difficult job. They face challenges we can't even imagine and they have to make decisions in a moment's notice," said Penzone.

In three of the four incidents, officers shot and killed men that either pulled a gun on an officer or the officer thought they were reaching for a weapon.

Police confirmed guns were found on or near two of the suspects.

In the fourth incident late Saturday night, Phoenix Police shot and killed a 22-year old man who came at them with a broken wooden table leg at an apartment complex at 17th Avenue and Glendale.

"It's not always easy to look at that from the outside in and say, 'Oh I get it' but if you're in that situation and you see a person coming at you with a weapon such as that, you know if they harm you they can take your weapon and kill you, or maybe kill you with that weapon and harm others," said Penzone.

In all four incidents, officers said they felt their lives were in danger.

"We live in times where the level of violence that's carried out, not only in the community, but against law enforcement, is far more aggressive and far more common unfortunately," said Penzone.

Two officers were injured while trying to detain the suspect in the latest shooting on 17th Avenue and Glendale late Saturday night. 

One officer had a hand injury the other had a leg injury, they're expected to be okay.

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