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Man with BB gun shot, killed by Phoenix officers near Interstate 17 and Indian School Road

Phoenix Police
Posted at 5:02 AM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 12:43:18-05

PHOENIX — Phoenix police officers were involved in a deadly shooting early Monday morning.

Police were originally called to the area of Interstate 17 and Indian School Road around 2 a.m. after receiving reports of an armed man who was in the road and jumping at passing cars. Officers received reports that the man may also have been aiming a handgun at cars and displaying signs of drug impairment.

Responding officers reportedly attempted to get the man to drop his weapon, and, at some point, the man pointed the gun at officers. Officers shot at the man but police say the man continued to ignore their commands. Officers used less-lethal actions in an attempt to get the man to comply but he continued to aim at officers, prompting them to shoot at him again.

No officers were hurt, but police say the man suffered very serious injuries. He was taken to the hospital where he died.

The weapon the man was holding was determined to be a BB gun, police say.

The four officers involved have been identified as a 30-year-old with two years of service, a 40-year-old with 13 years of service, a 52-year-old with 21 years of service, and a 28-year-old with three years of service.

Investigators are asking anyone who was present or in the area during the incident to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151.