AZ Agency Leads Probe of Phoenix Police Shooting


The Arizona Department of Public Safety will take over an investigation into a Phoenix police shooting on Aug. 14 that killed a woman with mental illness, reports the Arizona Republic. Michelle Cusseaux, 50, was shot by Sgt. Percy Dupra after authorities said she threatened officers with a hammer at her apartment as they tried taking her to an in-patient psychiatric facility.

A DPS spokesman said there is no timeline for completion of the investigation. At a town hall meeting on Sunday, Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia said he has ordered a review of officer training when handling mental illness-related cases. Every Phoenix police officer will be required to take a two-hour class on mental-health awareness in the next two weeks. Currently 295 officers are training in crisis intervention, which Garcia said is a strong commitment to the mental-health issue.

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