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Armed suspect pointing gun at bystanders shot, killed by Phoenix police

Posted at 4:20 AM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 19:53:11-05

PHOENIX — An armed suspect was shot and killed by Phoenix police Monday night.

The incident started as a domestic violence incident around 9:30 p.m. near 37th Avenue and Camelback Road.

Phoenix police say a man and woman were reportedly fighting in a vehicle in the area that was heading east on Camelback. Police say the suspect attacked the driver, a woman, and was damaging the inside of the vehicle while she was driving.

The driver stopped the car and the man got out, but as she was pulling away, she heard two gunshots.

The woman called police to tell them what happened and when officers arrived, they found the man on the sidewalk pointing the gun at traffic, bystanders and himself at times.

Officers gave commands to drop the weapon, but instead the man continued to point the weapon and walk toward busier areas of traffic and open businesses.

A police sergeant then shot the suspect, who was identified only as a 34-year-old Hispanic man. Firefighters pronounced him dead at the scene. The sergeant who shot him is a 44-year-old man with 18 years of service, according to a police spokesperson.

No officers were injured during the incident.

Police say the woman who was involved in the domestic dispute is cooperating with officers and is OK.

This incident marks the 42nd officer-involved shooting incident this year involving Phoenix police. This is now double their total number of incidents for the department in 2017, which totaled 21.

Monday night's incident also marks the 77th officer- and deputy-involved shooting in the Valley so far this year. Take a look at the map below for details on each incident.