Avondale police shoot and kill man near 107th/Thomas after gun was pointed at officers

Were called to a "disorderly person with a gun"

AVONDALE, AZ - Authorities are investigating after a man was shot dead by an Avondale police officer Saturday night. 

Avondale police say they were called out to a "disorderly person with a gun" at a home near 107th Avenue and Thomas Road just after 8 p.m.

Following the shooting, the investigation was turned over to Glendale police. 

A Glendale police spokesperson said when Avondale officers arrived at the home they safely removed people who were inside the residence. 

The suspect, later identified as 44-year-old Donald Lee Cramer, reportedly stayed on the back patio as officers tried negotiating with him to surrender peacefully. 

An Avondale officer shot the suspect "in fear for his life" after the man pointed his gun at officers, according to Glendale police. 

Cramer was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

No officers were injured during the incident. 

Details are limited at this time. Stay with ABC15 and abc15.com for updates on this developing story. 

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