Man killed in officer-involved shooting in Phoenix - New York News

Man killed in officer-involved shooting in Phoenix

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PHOENIX -

A man wanted in connection with a shooting earlier this week was shot and killed by Phoenix police after he pointed a gun at officers.

Sgt. Steve Martos says the shooting happened after officers responded to a call about a suspicious person near Indian School Road and 79th Avenue just after midnight Saturday.

Police spotted a man and woman leaving the area in a cab. The man was recognized as 31-year-old Jonathan Pimentel, who was being sought in connection with the shooting of his girlfriend during a domestic fight on Thursday. 

Martos says it appeared that Pimentel reached for something in his waistband as he sat in the backseat. When he got out, he turned toward officers, ignored their commands and pointed a gun at them.

"Fearing for their life, the patrol sergeant and one officer discharged their weapon, striking Jonathan. Jonathan died as a result of the injuries he sustained. No officers were injured during this encounter. Both the cab driver and female passenger were also not injured," stated Martos.

Pimentel's girlfriend is recovering from non-life threatening injuries and remains hospitalized.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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