Phoenix Police Lt. Mark Tovar speaks about the shooting involving officer near Central and Southern Avenues on April 14, 2018 that left a man dead.
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An officer with the Phoenix Police Department shot and killed a man amid an exchange of gunfire in a neighborhood near Central and Southern avenues Saturday afternoon, sending law-enforcement investigators to the second fatal police shooting of the day.

The individual was the 26th person to be shot by law enforcement in Maricopa County in 2018 that The Arizona Republic has reported on. Eighteen of the shootings have been fatal. The first shooting of the day occurred early Saturday morning

No officers were injured in either incident. 

Sgt. Mark Tovar, a Phoenix police spokesman, said officers were called to the area on a report of a car that had crashed into a fence at approximately 2 p.m.

Police found the vehicle and the driver in a field just north of Third Street and St. Charles Avenue.

Tovar said the man pulled out a gun while sitting in the car after an initial conversation with police. He then exited the vehicle and shot “in the direction” of police, according to Tovar. Officers returned fire, Tovar said, and took cover when the man shot back.

The man “was stopped” after he was struck at least once in a second exchange of gunfire with police, Tovar said. 

The man, whose name has not been released, died at the scene.

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Early Saturday, Phoenix police shot and killed a man following a multi-hour pursuit across the Valley.

Tovar said officers responded to two separate reports of shots fired near 28th Avenue and Bethany Home Road at approximately 2 a.m.

Police pursued the man to 13th Avenue and Thomas Road after he refused to stop. Officers fatally shot he man after he pointed a weapon at them, Tovar said. 

This is a developing story. Check for further updates. 


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