Phoenix police shoot at armed man, 2 brothers killed by gunfire
PHOENIX – Police say two adult brothers are dead after Phoenix officers on a domestic dispute call Tuesday night fired their guns at one who was armed.
The shooting occurred around 9 p.m. at a residence near 22nd Street and Indian School Road, police said Wednesday in a press release.
The mother of the men, 44-year-old Emmett Cocreham and 43-year-old George Cocreham, called 911 around 8:45 p.m. and said she was afraid because one of them was acting strangely.
When officers arrived, she came outside and said her sons were yelling inside and one had a rifle.
Police surrounded the residence and say they saw both men with what appeared to be firearms inside the house.
Officers in the back saw the men go into the backyard, one holding a rifle, police said.
The armed man ignored commands and pointed the rifle at officers and his brother, police said. “Two officers fired at the armed suspect,” police said in the release.
Police said both men were hit by gunfire but did not indicate whether the suspect fired.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene and the other died after being taken to a hospital.
Police said they recovered a rifle and a BB gun from the house.
Both officers who fired were 27-year-old males, one with four years of service and the other with 3.5 years of service.
The investigation into the case is ongoing.
It was the 18th shooting of the year involving Phoenix police, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM research.
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