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Phoenix Police involved in deadly shooting of man with water gun near I-17 and Northern Avenue

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Posted at 10:12 PM, Jul 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-09 20:50:57-04

PHOENIX — Phoenix police were involved in a deadly shooting in north Phoenix Thursday night.

Officials say the shooting occurred around 9 p.m. near Interstate 17 and Northern Avenue.

According to information from the scene, a 64-year-old man called 911 multiple times claiming he was injured, but refusing treatment each time. At 9 p.m., police got another call from the man and Phoenix Fire personnel requested police respond first due to the nature of the previous calls, possibly indicating a mental health issue.

Officers knocked and identified themselves, and when they made contact with the man, he said he had a gun and aimed an object at the officers.

ABC15 learned the officers opened fire in defense, killing the man.

Police later said the object the man was holding was a water gun.

No officers were hurt during the incident. Four officers were involved in the incident, including two officers with two years of experience each, one officer with four years of experience, and a sergeant with 15 years of experience.

No further information was released.