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Fugitive kills self, woman fatally shot by officers at Phoenix hotel near 24th Street and Thomas

24th Street and Thomas DPS-involved shooting
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Posted at 2:58 PM, Sep 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-16 17:36:50-04

PHOENIX — Phoenix police say two people are dead after a shooting involving the Department of Public Safety and an officer from Maricopa County Adult Probation.

Police say Phoenix officers were called to a hotel near 24th Street and Thomas Road around 1:30 p.m to investigate a shooting involving officers from another jurisdiction.

Officials say the law enforcement officers involved were part of a team looking for a male fugitive, later identified as 28-year-old Jacob Hernandez, who was wanted on felony charges.

When the officers located Hernandez, he was with an adult woman, later identified as 30-year-old Kenzie Keyes. When the couple saw the officers, they started to run away.

Police say at some point, Hernandez grabbed his firearm and shot himself in the head. Keyes picked up the gun and then pointed it at the officers, officials say.

"Drop the gun,” said officers shouting in cell phone video provided to ABC15. The exchange lasted for about 30 seconds with officers continuing to plead with the woman.

"Push it away from you; push it away from you now. Drop the gun, drop the gun,” said officers shouting in the video.

Authorities say after not listening to commands, Keyes was shot and killed.

"That’s all I heard, was put the gun down, that’s it. They kept asking her and asking her, they kept telling her. I peeked out the window and all I heard was just gunshots," a witness told ABC15.

Authorities have not yet released what Hernandez was wanted for. His exact connection to the woman is also still unknown.

Officials say Phoenix officers were not involved in the shooting but will be handling the investigation.