Phoenix Police Shoot Man After He Reaches For Gun In Parked Car

Phoenix Police

Phoenix Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred at about 4:40 a.m. near 23rd Street and Fairmount Avenue.  The incident started after an officer spotted a vehicle speeding and committing other traffic violations near 24th Street and Indian School Road.

The officer saw the vehicle pull into the driveway of a home near 23rd Street and Fairmount with the lights then turning off.

Officers walked up to the car and saw a man lying in the back seat. They repeatedly knocked on the windows and tried to contact the man but he did not respond. Officers contacted the people in the house who relayed that they did not recognized the car and did not want it there.

The officers continued trying to get the man to respond and noticed a handgun in the car. The Tactical Support Unit came to the scene to continue negotiations.

After nearly an hour of trying to get the man to respond, officers broke a window to the vehicle in hopes of using less lethal options to get the man to comply. At that point, the male grabbed the gun, and both less lethal and lethal rounds were fired. The man was pronounced deceased on scene.

A gun was found in the car near the man’s hand.

There were two officers involved in the shooting. Both were wearing body worn cameras at the time of the shooting which were activated.