Phoenix Police identify man shot, killed by officers after chase
Phoenix Police Lt. Mark Tovar speaks about the officer involved shooting near Thomas and 13th on April 14, 2018 that left a man dead.
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Phoenix police on Sunday identified the man shot and killed by law enforcement Saturday after a multi-hour pursuit across the Valley.
Andre Lavance Rippy, 39, was fatally shot by police after he pointed a weapon at officers near 13th Avenue and Thomas Road, Phoenix police said.
Police had responded to two separate reports of shots fired in the areas of 29th Avenue and Bethany Home Road and 27th Avenue and Highland Road shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday.
Sgt. Mark Tovar, a Phoenix police spokesman, said officers suspected the man involved was driving a black Mustang.
Officers found the car at about 3 a.m., police said. Tovar said Rippy refused to stop for police before he continued driving into Ahwatukee and then the Scottsdale area. Officers were unable to stop the car with spikes.
Tovar said Rippy attempted to steal a different vehicle near an off-ramp by the loops 101 and 202 in Tempe, but the woman driving refused to give up her car.
Rippy pointed a weapon at an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer during the attempted carjacking and later switched to a white minivan, police said.
Police said DPS troopers used spikes to slow the vehicle, and the car came to a stop near 14th Avenue and Thomas at about 5 a.m.
Rippy then ran from the car to the area behind a local business before pointing a weapon at officers, Tovar said.
Officers fired at Rippy, striking him at least once. Tovar said the man died at the scene.
Police said five officers were involved in the incident. It was not immediately clear who struck Rippy. Police said the shooting remains under investigation.
Rippy’s death was one of two police shootings in Maricopa County on Saturday. Phoenix police also shot and killed a man amid an exchange of gunfire in a neighborhood near Central and Southern avenues Saturday afternoon. They have not released that man’s name.
Law enforcement in Maricopa County have shot 26 people so far in 2018. Eighteen of the shootings were fatal.
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