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Phoenix police shoot, kill man pointing gun at officers inside restaurant

Apr 4, 2021, 8:01 AM | Updated: Apr 7, 2021, 11:26 am
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PHOENIX — A Phoenix police officer shot and killed an armed suspect inside an occupied restaurant on Saturday night, according to authorities.

The incident occurred around 8:15 p.m. near the intersection of 75th Avenue and Indian School Road.

Officers were responding to a call of a man who had a handgun and had allegedly attempted to rob multiple citizens at gunpoint, authorities said.

The suspect ignored initial commands to drop his weapon and fled into a nearby restaurant with people inside, police said.

Authorities said they gave another order to drop the gun, but the man ignored the command and instead pointed it at an officer.

One officer then fired and struck the suspect, who was provided first aid and was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

No other injuries were sustained in the incident.

The deceased was identified Tuesday as 26-year-old Jose Arenas.

No other information was made immediately available, as the investigation is ongoing.

It was the sixth shooting of the year involving Phoenix PD and 15th overall by Valley law enforcement, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM research.

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Phoenix police shoot, kill man pointing gun at officers inside restaurant