PD: Barricade led to shooting, killing of man

Posted at 4:19 AM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 12:51:23-05

A man who was threatening to harm himself overnight was shot and killed by police after he pointed a gun at officers, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Phoenix police were called to a home near 18th and Peoria avenues around 5 p.m. Monday to assist a man who was threatening to harm himself, said Officer James Holmes.

The story is that the man got into an argument with his sister earlier in the day and that shots had reportedly been fired, said police. The sister left the home and then called 911.

Officers came to the home, but the man would not come out. Instead, he began threatening to harm himself, said police.

Negotiators came out to try and convince the man to come out of his home and get help.

Hours later, police said the situation had turned into an officer-involved shooting.

Police on scene said the man came in and out of his home throughout the stand-off, but would not surrender himself to officers. He then armed himself with a gun and held it to his head and then pointed it at officers.

That's when officers shot him. The man has since died. His identity has not been released, but do believe the man had a mental health history.

Phoenix police said the area will remain closed for several hours as detectives continue to investigate.