Man who lost home killed by police during confrontation

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – A man is dead after being shot and killed by Phoenix police officers. It happened Tuesday near Bell and 35th Avenue and it reportedly all started because he lost his home.

Two new owners showed up late Tuesday afternoon to look at the home they just bought and things erupted. Police say the old homeowner, identified as Kurt Aho, 64, grabbed a gun and started waving it around, firing off rounds at the two men.

When police arrived, Aho went inside to get a beer, came back out and started aggressively walking toward the armored car.

Police say they fired rubber bullets at first and real ones when the man started shooting at the officers.

Detective James Holmes with Phoenix police says, “If they're alert enough and can actually raise a handgun and fire it at an officer, whether they're drunk or high or upset the idea is still going to be the same, he's putting our lives in danger and we have to protect ourselves as well as the community.

Police said Aho's family was at the scene talking to them about what happened.

Police said no one else was hurt