PD: Phoenix man killed after shooting at officers, helicopter

PHOENIX - A 55-year-old man armed with five guns who started shooting at police officers from his front porch has been shot and killed by Phoenix police.

Officer James Holmes with the Phoenix Police Department said the first shots were fired around 10:15 p.m. on Monday.

"People living in the area called police saying they were hearing gunshots," said Holmes. 

When police approached the intersection of 15th Avenue and Bethany Home Road, that's when Holmes said officers heard an additional shot.

Police then went to the home where they thought the shots were coming from. While they were talking to the homeowner though, Holmes said officers started getting shot at from another direction.

After taking cover, the officers were able to identify where the shots were coming. Holmes said they saw a man with a rifle standing on his front porch.

Police told ABC15 that at least a dozens shots were fired.

Holmes said the officers called for back up while the man continued to shoot at them.

A police helicopter was called to the scene but had to land after the suspect started shooting at the helicopter.

"In 18 years I can't remember a time when someone blatantly turned to an aircraft and started shooting at it," said Holmes.

After taking cover, police shot and killed the 55-year-old old while he was still standing on the front porch.

Holmes said they are checking criminal and mental health records to try and figure out why the man started shooting in the first place.

"We have to sort all of this out because it is very very hard for us to fathom that a person without cause it going to be armed to the teeth on his porch and just randomly start shooting at police officers when they show up," said Holmes.

No police officers were hurt during the shootout. Police said several of the suspect's bullet went into nearby homes, but no one in the community was hurt.

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