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Phoenix police shoot armed suspect near 52nd Street and Thomas Road

Jun 28, 2022, 7:48 AM | Updated: Jul 13, 2022, 2:38 pm
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(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)

PHOENIX — Phoenix police fatally shot a man they said pointed a gun at them during a confrontation Monday evening.

The Phoenix Police Department said in a press release Tuesday that officers responded to a domestic violence call at an apartment near 52nd Street and Thomas Road around 5:20 p.m.

Upon arrival, police said they saw a man standing on a second-floor landing pointing a gun at people below him.

He was directed to drop the weapon several times, a police spokesman said, but didn’t. Officers fired.

The suspect retreated to a unit on the second floor. Police made their way upstairs to the home and told him to step outside.

The man, identified later as Rakim Durham, gave in and came out of the apartment. That was when officers saw he was wounded. He was taken to a hospital, and where he died of his wounds three days later.

Other officers went inside the apartment and led out a woman and two children.

Police said they found the gun in the apartment.

The investigation is ongoing.

It was the 13th shooting of the year by Phoenix police and 28th overall by law enforcement in the Valley, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM research.

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Phoenix police shoot armed suspect near 52nd Street and Thomas Road