Phoenix police fatally shoot armed man following domestic violence call

May 22, 2020, 7:39 AM | Updated: May 26, 2020, 5:26 pm
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(AP Photo, File)
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PHOENIX — A Phoenix police officer responding to a domestic violence call fatally shot an armed man Thursday night, authorities said.

Two officers knocked on the door of an apartment near Chandler Boulevard and Desert Foothills Parkway in Ahwatukee just before 11 p.m. They identified themselves as Phoenix Police officers when they knocked, police said.

A 40-year-old man with a gun answered, police said. One officer fired at the man when he moved toward the other officer, police said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. He was later identified as Ryan Whitaker.

No officers or others involved in the incident were hurt.

Police responded to the apartment after receiving two 911 calls, the first — at 10:18 p.m. — from a neighbor reporting a verbal fight and a second — at 10:44 p.m. — saying the altercation had turned physical.

The officers involved were a 53-year-old man with 23 years of service and a 33-year-old man with two years on the force.

Internal and criminal investigations are ongoing.

It was the sixth shooting involving Phoenix police in 2020, according to data tracked by KTAR News 92.3 FM.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Phoenix police fatally shoot armed man following domestic violence call