Phoenix police officers shot and killed a man who they allege was armed, drinking and driving in north Phoenix Saturday afternoon.
Officers have been referred to as to the realm of seventh Avenue and Bell Highway, after a caller described a truck driving erratically and swerving within the roadway. The caller additionally stated that the motive force was drinking what they believed to be alcohol and practically hit a pedestrian.
Whereas the caller spoke with police, they adopted the car and watched it pull into an condominium complicated and again right into a parking spot. Two officers responded to the complicated and situated the car, police stated.
Whereas wanting into the suspect car, each officers noticed a man reclined within the driver’s seat and a rifle close to the middle console space. Officers say they tried to contact the man and get him out of the truck after they observed a holstered handgun within the driver’s door pocket.
Seeing indicators of intoxication, the officers started a DUI investigation outdoors of the truck. Throughout the investigation, the man approached the open driver-side door and grabbed the holstered handgun from the door pocket. One of the officers grabbed ahold of the man and started struggling for management of the gun, police stated.
The second officer noticed the struggle over the gun and fired his gun on the man. Phoenix Hearth Division responded to the scene and took the man to an area hospital, the place he died from his accidents.
There have been no different reported accidents throughout this incident.
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