Man killed by US Marshals Task Force after pointing gun at officers

MESA, AZ - Mesa police officers, involved in two Friday night officer-involved shootings, shot and killed a man after he raised his gun towards the officers.

Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department said multiple agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Task Force, were working to apprehend a suspect connected to a domestic violence-related aggravated assault Friday afternoon.

27-year-old Joseph Mavis was shot and killed by police.

The Tempe Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Task Force, which is comprised of multiple Valley agencies, to assist in apprehending Mavis, said Martos.

Officers located the suspect at a residence near Central Avenue and Euclid road in Phoenix around 7-7:30 p.m.

When officers approached Mavis, according to police, he began reaching for a gun in his pocket. A Mesa Police Department Task Force member fired a sage round, which is a less-lethal round, at him.

The suspect was hit, but continued to raise his gun towards officers. Five Task Force members then fired their weapons.

The suspect died at the scene.

Martos said no officers were injured.

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