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Homicide in Phoenix Area

On Behalf of / Friday, 14 July 2017 / Published in battery, Homicide, Traumatic Brain Injury, Wrongful Death

Phoenix Shooting Involving an Officer

Being an officer in the Phoenix area isn’t an easy task, especially when it comes to shootings and homicide cases. No way would I want that job. I definitley admire them for their hard work, at least the ones who truly do things the right way.

According to reports, on Monday a woman in Phoenix was armed and ready for battle. She was loaded with a gun and suspected of fatally shooting a man in central Phoenix. She was later shot and killed by an officer.

The reports show that the woman was only in her twenties, and was shot at the Japanese Friendship Garden in downtown Phoenix.

According to Phoenix Police Sgt. Vince Lewis, the responding officers were responding to a homicide scene in an apartment near Central and Minnezona avenues.  That happened around 12:15 p.m. which is a rather odd time for a homicide. When they got to the scene they saw a middle age man with several gunshot wounds. The man was transported to the local hospital, however he was later reported dead.

Sgt. Lewis said that the Officers were able to identify the suspect as a female who was recently seen leaving the scene in a dark blue Jaguar. The vehicle had an Arkansas license plate.

Not long after the shooting happened the woman had visited a restaurant near Central Avenue and Portland Street for several hours. She then left the restaurant and the police got a tip about an armed woman that had matched the suspects description.

Homicide Suspect

An officer then found the woman at the local Japanese Friendship Garden and proceeded to request backup.  They tried to “communicate and begin negotiations” with her but that doesn’t always work.

Lewis’ Statement:

Several non-lethal, less-lethal tools and tactics were brought to the scene with the goal of continuing that contact with her.

The woman then went a little crazy and started to say she was going to shoot her self with a handgun. An experienced Officer on the scene then had no other choice than to take the lead and to fire his weapon at the woman. Others then began life saving efforts. She was quickly transported to the hospital but despite everyone’s best efforts she succumbed to her injures.

Sometimes, officers have to make that impossible choice and then they have to live with that decision the rest of their lives. Hopefully, this officer can live with his.

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