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Man holding baby, firing a gun, shot and killed by Phoenix police near 7th Avenue and Van Buren Street

7th avenue and Van Buren OIS
7th Avenue and Van Buren PD situation
Posted at 4:10 PM, Jan 09, 2021

PHOENIX — Authorities say a man has died after a police shooting near 7th Avenue and Van Buren Street Saturday afternoon.

Phoenix police say the incident started as a fight between the man, later identified as 37-year old Paul Bolden, and a woman at a hotel nearby.

Authorities say during the fight Bolden, who armed with a gun, grabbed a baby from the woman's arms. Police say Bolden walked around the parking lot, fired his gun and threatened other people in the area.

Police say Bolden continued to hold the baby as he walked onto Van Buren Street. Officers say a vehicle traveling westbound on Van Buren stopped when Bolden walked into traffic with the child. Authorities say Bolden walked over to the vehicle and pointed the gun at the driver.

When officers arrived, police say Bolden started firing his gun in their direction. They gave Bolden commands to drop the gun, but he refused. Bolden continued to ignore commands to drop the gun and he pointed the gun at the baby and then at the officers. Police say an officer fired at Bolden with his rifle stopping the threat.

Police say officers immediately approached Bolden and rescued the baby who was being held by Bolden throughout the incident.

Bolden was transported to the hospital in extremely critical condition. Police say he later died from his injuries.

The baby received minor injuries and was reunited with his mother. Authorities say there were no injuries to officers or any other community members.