Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Phoenix identified

PHOENIX - A man died following a shooting involving two police officers in west Phoenix.

Police were called to the area of 59th Avenue and Thomas Road around 1:15 p.m. Friday after receiving reports of a domestic violence incident between 27-year-old David Gardea and a woman.

Police say Gardea pointed a gun at officers after they arrived and exited their vehicle.

One of the officers, fired his weapon at Gardea as he fled up a driveway on Mulberry Drive. Police say he turned and fired his weapon at the officers, forcing them to fire back. Gardea was shot and died at the scene.

No officers were injured during the incident, authorities said. Detectives recovered a semi-automatic handgun at the scene.

The officers have since been identified as 38-year-old Nicholas Chacon and 24-year-old Anthony Deida. Chacon has 17 years of service under his belt, while Deida has 10 years.

The shooting comes just two days after officers were involved in a shooting with an alleged carjacking suspect in the area of 33rd Avenue and Washington Street. 

 

 

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