Phoenix police release name of man shot, killed by officer


by Jason Volentine

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Posted on March 17, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 19 at 10:29 PM

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police opened fire and killed a suspect at a downtown apartment complex across from Heritage Square around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

"It was later learned that a 46-year-old man was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife and he was damaging items inside the apartment," Sgt. Tommy Thompson said in an email to media outlets Monday morning.

According to Thompson, a friend of the couple living at Renaissance Park apartments opened the door to two officers. When the man saw them, he told them to get out.

"He had a handgun equipped with a laser and he manipulated the slide," Thompson said. "With the laser activated, he pointed it at the officers, who both retreated to try and find cover."

Thompson said the man, who has been identified as William Alfred Shaw, moved toward the doorway and took aim at one of the officers. There was an exchange of gunfire. The suspect was hit and fell back into the apartment.

Neither one of the officers was shot, but the one who shot the suspect sustained cuts and abrasions to his hand and legs. Shaw's wife and the woman who answered the door got out of the apartment safely.

A St. Patrick’s Day party was going on at a bar directly across the street and several party-goers said they heard the gunshots. Some were residents at the apartment complex and said it’s usually a quiet place where they rarely see police officers.  

The 26-year-old officer who shot the suspect has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is the standard procedure when an officer discharges his or her weapon. The officer's name has not been released.

Police shut down Seventh Street between Van Buren and Washington streets for several hours while detectives conducted their investigation.