Suspect shot, killed by police identified

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Cody Shobe (Police say this photo might be outdated.) By Catherine Holland Cody Shobe (Police say this photo might be outdated.) By Catherine Holland

BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- A call about an armed prowler ended in a deadly officer-involved shooting early Monday morning.

It happened at shortly before 1:30 a.m. in the Sundance Shadows neighborhood at Yuma and Airport roads in Buckeye, about 30 minutes west of central Phoenix.

Investigators are still trying to sort out the events leading up to the shooting, but they know it started at about 12:45 a.m., when a homeowner called the police to report an armed man lurking in his backyard.

When officers arrived on the scene, they confronted that man, now identified as Cody Shobe. Police say he pulled out a weapon and refused to drop it despite repeated commands from officers.

"He pointed the firearm at the officers, at which time they were forced to fire upon the suspect," explained Lt. Jared Griffith of the Buckeye Police Department.

Shobe, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to officers, he fire several round, hitting the house.

No officers were injured.

Detectives say the family living in the home was not acquainted with Shobe in any manner.

"The homeowners don't know who the person is," Griffith said. "They've never seen him before."

Investigators say Shobe lived near the home where he was shot, but they do not know why went to that house or why he was armed.

Buckeye police said the Department of Public Safety will be taking over the investigation.

No other details about the case were immediately available.