PHOENIX - A man who is suspected of shooting his girlfriend earlier this week was shot and killed by police Saturday morning after pointing a gun at the officers.
31-year-old Jonathan Pimentel was fatally shot by Phoenix police after pointing a gun at officers who were following up on a suspicious persons report, Steve Martos, Sergeant Phoenix Police Department.
Phoenix Police received a call of a suspicious person walking around a neighborhood with a flashlight near 79th Avenue and W. Indian School, said Martos.
Two officers and one sergeant responded to the call and staged at a nearby house.
Pimentel and an unidentified woman were picked up by a Discount Cab and were headed to a different location, police said.
The cab drove in front of the staged police officers forcing the vehicle to come to a stop, police said.
Officers looked into the cab and identified the male as Jonathan Pimentel, said Martos.
Pimentel was wanted in connection to a shooting that occurred on Thursday, April 18, involving his girlfriend who is in the hospital, Martos said.
The female passenger and female driver exited the vehicle at police requests, said Martos.
Police then gave verbal commands for Pimentel to exit the vehicle. He was seen grabbing something near his waistband before stepping out of the vehicle and pointing a gun at the officers, according to police.
The officers then fired their weapons out of fear for their lives, police said.
Pimentel died as a result of the injuries, police said.
An investigation is being conducted, according to police.