PHOENIX - Police have identified a man shot and killed by officers during a confrontation in Central Phoenix on Monday night.
Phoenix police say they have yet to find a motive for why 55-year-old Richard Ray Aceves began firing shots at officers and a police helicopter.
The incident occurred near 15th Avenue and Bethany Home Road when officers responded to a call of unknown trouble.
When officers arrived they heard what seemed to be fireworks and began to investigate.
As they approached a home in the neighborhood, someone began firing shots at the home and officers.
Officers took cover and using a flashlight found the suspect at a home north of them standing on a porch and holding a rifle.
The suspect fired more shots and the officers called for backup, according to police.
At one point as a police helicopter shined a light on the suspect, he began shooting at the aircraft.
That’s when officers on a roof across the street fired their weapons at the suspect who sat in a chair on the porch and slumped over.
Police cautiously approached the porch and found the suspect unconscious.
He was taken to the sidewalk for medical treatment and was pronounced deceased by Phoenix fire personnel.
In checking the suspect’s home, police found three rifles and two handguns, all loaded, on the porch within reach of the suspect.
Meantime, the helicopter landed nearby to check for bullet strikes, but none were found.
Police say the only contact they had had with Aceves is as a victim or witness and there is no police record of previous response to his home.