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Phoenix police officer shoots man who was holding two victims at gunpoint

Posted at 5:36 PM, Jun 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-18 13:32:09-04

PHOENIX — A Phoenix police officer was involved in a shooting near 15th Avenue and Camelback Road Thursday evening.

According to police officials, a uniformed officer, who was off-duty at the time, was directing traffic in the area when he heard commotion coming from a nearby Rally's restaurant parking lot.

The officer got out of his own vehicle to check on the noise and found a man pointing a gun at two adults in the parking lot.

The officer drew his weapon and officials say he gave commands for the armed man to drop his gun. A short time later, the officer fired his weapon, striking the man.

The man, whose name hasn't been released, was transported to a hospital with serious injuries, but he's expected to survive.

Authorities believe this incident may be related to a nearby shoplifting incident.

Once the man is released from a hospital he is expected to be booked into jail on multiple charges.