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Austin Del Castillo. (Photo: Tempe Police Department)

Tempe Police shot a man who refused to heed a warning to put down a weapon Thursday morning near Arizona State University.

The intersection at Mill Avenue at University Drive has been re-opened after being closed most of the day.

Police said a 36-year-old Austin Del Castillo was standing in front of a restaurant at the corner and armed with a box cutter. He would not obey commands made by the officer and made an abrupt move toward the officer. The officer then fired at him.

The man matched a description from reports of a man causing a disturbance at a coffee shop in the area.

The suspect is in the hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

The nearby Arizona State University campus was not affected.

The suspect's name has not been released as detectives work to locate and notify his family.

Police said the 12-year department veteran who shot the suspect has been placed on standard administrative leave.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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