FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office shows Ismail Hamed, who authorities say threw rocks at a sheriff sergeant in the metro Phoenix six weeks ago and used a knife in the direction of the agent. A report that the authorities were forced to release this week claims Hamed asked the sergeant to shoot him during the violent encounter. Hamed, who was shot by the sergeant, has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and terrorism. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)
PHOENIX – An Islamic State follower asked a Phoenix-area sheriff’s sergeant during a violent encounter six weeks ago to shoot him after he threw stones at the officer and walked toward him with a knife in the hand, according to a court document, authorities were forced to release Wednesday.
The probable cause statement of the research of Ismail Hamed was released after The Associated Press and other news organizations protested an effort by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s office to keep videos and other data from the Jan. 7 fall under the seal. Body-camera video of the encounter, and the recordings of 911 calls that Hamed made for the attack were released last week.
Hamed, 18, is accused of hitting the sergeant with rocks and wielding a knife in a parking lot of a sheriff substation in a suburb of Fountain Hills, 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Phoenix.
Researchers say that Hamed ignored warnings to drop the knife and instead to continue to walk in the direction of the sergeant with the weapon in his hand. Eventually, the officer shot Hamed, who fell to the ground, but eventually survived gunshot wounds to his abdomen and right shoulder.
In the 911 recordings, Hamed professed allegiance to the Islamic State. He also told a 911 operator that he was armed with a knife and rocks and wanted to speak with a sheriff’s deputy as part of a protest about people who are suffering in the Middle East.
The probable cause statement explains comments from Hamed on the video that were difficult to distinguish because of the low volume of his comments.
“Shoot me,” the court document quoted Hamed so to speak.
The county sheriff’s office said that it was to investigate whether Hamed was going to die by what is known as “suicide by cop” and if Hamed had contacts with members of the Islamic State.
A woman at the office of Hamed’s lawyer, Faisal Ullah, said the law firm had no comment.
The probable cause record said the officer feared for his life if Hamed wielded the knife, leading the officer to shoot Hamed to stop the threat.
Hamed has pleaded not guilty to the aggravated assault and terrorism.
The FBI has characterized the meeting between Hamed and the sergeant as a “lone wolf” attack.
Sheriff Paul Penzone had said previously that he doesn’t think there was an indication that Hamed planned for the execution of other attacks.
Hamed remains jailed on a $500,000 bond.
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