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Phoenix officer on leave after shooting at park

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix police officer is on paid administrative leave after shooting a man whom she believed had a gun.

The 21-year-old man was taken to the hospital and scheduled for surgery Sunday.

Police spokesman James Holmes said the 27-year-old officer fired one round at the man, striking him in the leg late Saturday night. Holmes said the man had been fumbling with something at his waist and turned quickly toward the officer in a threatening manner.

The officer and her partner had been investigating a complaint about a loud party when they heard a gunshot at a city park.

Holmes said the man ignored commands to stop.

The officers later found a handgun near him. Holmes said the man faces a charge of aggravated assault.

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