Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team fatally shoots man who allegedly shot at them

May 18, 2022, 6:16 PM
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PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team on Wednesday fatally shot a man who allegedly shot at them, authorities said.

The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. when authorities responded to an area near Baseline Road and Avenida del Yaqui in Guadalupe for a report of a man allegedly acting erratically and firing a gun near a school, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

The man took a stationary position on the front porch of a house in the area, which was adjacent to the north fence line of the school, authorities said.

Deputies, with the help of the Department of Public Safety and Tempe Police Department, tried to get a visual perspective of the man with the use of a drone, authorities said.

The man allegedly fired shots at the drone and then fired at MCSO’s SWAT team, who returned fire and struck the man.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

There were no injuries to deputies, authorities said.

It was the first shooting of the year by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and 22nd overall by law enforcement in the Valley, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM research.

An investigation was ongoing and there was no additional information available.

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Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team fatally shoots man who allegedly shot at them