Shoplifting suspect shot by police in Payson after pulling knife on officers

The wounded suspect was taken to Mountain View Hospital in Payson. At that point, police said he was conscious and talking.

A man was shot and wounded by a police officer in Payson after allegedly brandishing a knife when confronted for a shoplifting incident.

Payson Police said they received reports of a shoplifter at Payson Market around 5:40 p.m. Saturday.

Two officers responded and found the suspect — a man whose name has not been released — heading south on Main Street. They approached him and called out to him as he was walking away from them. After he turned around, officers saw that he was holding a knife. They told him to drop the knife, but he did not comply, according to officials.

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