GLENDALE, AZ - A Glendale officer shot and killed a man Saturday after police attempted to cooperate with the man during a multiple-stop ordeal that escalated to endangering the officer, according to a Monday police report.
The driver of the vehicle, 38-year-old Kenneth Girardot, reportedly tried to avoid contact with a Glendale Officer Justin Penrose near 59th Avenue and Camelback Road.
Officer Penrose then made successful contact with him in a Jack in the Box location at 59th Avenue and Colter Street and recorded information from Girardot and the passenger.
After learning that the vehicle the men were in had been stolen for about a month, Officer Penrose requested backup.
As the backup officer arrived, Girardot aggressively attempted to leave the parking space as Officer Penrose yelled at him to stop, according to the report.
Girardot then allegedly pointed his vehicle at Officer Penrose and began to drive toward him.
Officer Penrose drew his service weapon and fired at Girardot.
Other officers that arrived attempted to aid Girardot and took his passenger into custody.
Girardot died at the scene because of his injuries.
The passenger, 39-year-old Raymond Flores, had warrants out for his arrest and was booked after investigators interviewed him.
Officer Penrose is now on paid administrative leave, a standard action after officer involved shootings. He has been with Glendale police for 6 years and served 8 years before as an officer in Ohio.
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