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Phoenix police releases body cam footage of fatal shooting from man throwing rocks

Oct 7, 2022, 4:02 PM

PHOENIX — Body cam footage was released by Phoenix police Friday from the fatal shooting that left a man dead after he was throwing rocks at patrol cars.

Two Phoenix patrol units were driving near 19th and Glendale avenues around 6:45 p.m. on Sept. 24 when their cars were struck, the Phoenix Police Department said in a press release.

The officers pulled over to discuss what happened when they saw a man identified as 34-year-old Ali Osman throwing rocks that ranged from 2.9 ounces to 19.8 ounces.

Officers tried to contact Osman and gave commands to stop throwing rocks. When ordered, Osman threw a rock that connected with the officer in the shin.

When Osman readied to throw another rock, both officers shot their firearms.

Osman was taken to a nearby hospital where he died, authorities said.

No community members were hurt in the shooting.

Both of the patrol cars were damaged including dents and one broken spotlight on the car. Both officers, assigned to the Desert Horizon Precinct, had at least two years of experience prior to the incident.

Conclusions to whether the officers’ actions were consistent with department policy have not been determined.

An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is ongoing, as well as a criminal investigation. When the criminal investigation is complete, it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, authorities said.

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Phoenix police releases body cam footage of fatal shooting from man throwing rocks