Officers shoot, kill suspect outside Phoenix home

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Jill Galus

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 6:37 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 12 at 5:28 PM

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PHOENIX -- One man is dead after an early morning officer-involved shooting outside a Phoenix home.

It happened shortly before 12:30 a.m. Thursday in the area of 27th Avenue and Camelback Road, but it all started at an apartment complex a couple of blocks away.

According to police, a resident answered a knock at his door to find a Hispanic couple outside. The man reportedly pulled a gun on the tenant and demanded to see another person, somebody the tenant says he doesn't know.

The couple left the complex on bicycles. The tenant called 911 to report the incident and give a description of the suspect.

Officers caught up with the couple and confronted the man, now identified as Luis Alberto Flores. Police said Flores, 31, not only refused to comply with the officers' commands, but also pulled a gun out of his waistband and pointed it at them.

Officers opened fire. Numerous shots were fired, but it's not clear if the suspect fired his weapon.

The suspect was hit several times, but that wasn't the end of it.

"While lying on the ground, Flores again pointed his handgun at one of the officers, causing the officer to discharged his handgun a second time," Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said in a news alert. "The suspect now dropped his handgun and began to comply with the officers' verbal commands."

Crump said investigators recovered the suspect's loaded weapon and have talked to about a dozen people who were in the area at the time of the shooting. He said officers also found narcotics at the scene.

Investigators have been on the scene all night.

At this point, police have not released much information about Flores, saying only that he has a criminal history.

"Suspect Flores was released from the Department of Corrections on June 4, 2013 after serving a two-year sentence for drugs and auto theft charges," Crump said. "He was a prohibited possessor and had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest."

Crump did not release any details about that warrant, nor did he say anything about the person for whom Flores was looking or the woman who was with him.

The two officers involved in the incident, a 32-year-old with five years on the forces and a 27-year-old with six years, have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure any time an officer fires his weapon.

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