- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A Mesa Police Department officer fatally shot a man wielding a 3-foot-long steel rod during a confrontation in the man’s neighborhood, where the man previously had been arrested after a standoff several years ago, police said Friday.

The officer shot 47-year-old Ivan Krstic Thursday night as Krstic brandished a type of metal stick used to secure construction forms for pouring concrete and that resembles a giant nail, said Detective Steve Berry, a police spokesman.

Police got a call Thursday night that a man was acting erratically and banging something on a driveway, Berry said.

Responding officers found Krstic swinging the rod, and he refused their commands to drop it, Berry said.

One officer used a stun gun on Krstic but that Krstic got up when the discharge ended, Berry said. Krstic, still wielding the rod, faced the officers before one shot him because he was regarded as a threat.

Berry said he was not allowed to say how many shots were fired before the Police Department completes its investigation of the shooting.

Krstic was arrested in the neighborhood in 2012 after allegedly making threats, Berry said. During a standoff with police, Krstic said he had a rifle he would use if police approached.

A nearby elementary school was placed on lockdown for several hours while police negotiated with Krstic, Berry said. Krstic eventually surrendered and was arrested on suspicion of making threats, disorderly conduct and interfering with an education institution.

Any criminal case resulted from the 2012 incident could not be immediately located in court records, and Berry said he had no additional information on what happened after the arrest.

A phone listed for Krstic is disconnected.

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