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Man shot by Tempe police officer dies in hospital

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A man shot by Tempe police for allegedly charging an officer with a box cutter last week has died.

Tempe police said 36-year-old Austin Del Castillo died Wednesday at a Tempe hospital.

He had been in critical condition since the Sept. 12 incident.

Police said they received a call about a man disturbing and threatening individuals in the downtown Tempe area with some sort of cutting instrument.

When the officer made contact with the suspect, he still had the box cutter in his hand.

The officer gave verbal commands to the suspect to drop the weapon, but the man refused and witnesses said he charged the policeman.

The officer then shot the man.

Police said the officer who shot Castillo is a 12-year veteran who has been placed on standard administrative leave.

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