Man shot by police during drug deal has violent criminal history

Posted at 8:21 PM, Sep 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-29 10:44:35-04

It's a scene that could have almost been predicted when reading through all of John Carpentier's prior court records.

The man was shot by Phoenix police during an undercover drug deal on Tuesday night.

The meeting spot: An AM/PM. The suspect unknowingly parked next to the undercover officer. A patrol unit came up from behind boxing Carpentier in.

Police say when the two uniformed officers approached the man, he pointed a gun at them. He then rammed his Dodge into one of their vehicles in an attempt to get away.

An undercover officer in a minivan saw the gun pointed at his fellow officers and opened fire. 

Court records reveal a long criminal history that started in Florida when Carpentier was a minor. He was convicted of burglary and theft at a young age. He spent his 17th and 18th birthdays behind bars in Arizona for DUI charges. 

In 2006, the man went to prison after being convicted of using a hammer to beat a man during a fight. 

In a letter, Carpentier's father wrote to court officials that his son was a good kid and deserved a second change. But after spending five years behind bars, it only took a few months after Carpentier's release for him to get busted for drugs. 

In each of his cases, Carpentier was classified as a high-risk offender and had a problem with being violent even when he was on probation.