PHOENIX (PPD / Press Release) – The Phoenix Police Department released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an officer-involved shooting (OIS) which occurred on July 17, 2023.
This incident began in a commercial area near 7th Street and Lincoln Street when Phoenix Police officers were called to a single vehicle collision. The callers told 911 operators a man driving a white vehicle crashed into a light pole. Additional calls came in stating the man walked away from the collision and appeared impaired and acted erratically.
One caller told operators he saw the man walk away from the collision and after losing sight of him, heard approximately six gunshots.
When officers arrived, they found an unoccupied passenger car that had collided with a streetlight. Officers saw bullet casings inside the car and witnesses told officers the suspect left on foot, east from the collision.
Additional officers responded and helped to search for the man. One witness directed officers to a man walking next to the railroad tracks near 18th Street and Harrison Street who matched the man’s description.
Officers gave the man commands to get on the ground. The man began screaming and walking toward officers. Officers used a PepperBall Launcher to encourage the man to follow commands. The man continued to scream and started to walk away while officers moved forward with him. The man stopped and pulled out a gun. Officers commanded the man to drop the gun, but he then pointed it at officers and that is when the officer involved shooting occurred.
After the shooting, officers moved up and provided medical aid to the suspect until fire personnel arrived. The man died from his injuries on scene.
Two firearms were recovered next to the area where the suspect was shot.
The officer involved in this shooting has been with the department for two and a half years and is assigned to the Central City Precinct.
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