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BUCKEYE, ARIZ. -- The family of a man shot and killed Monday by police officers is raising questions about what led up to the deadly exchange.
Buckeye police say they were forced to fire at Cody Shobe, 21, when he pointed his gun at officers and fired at least one round.
It happened early Monday morning after Shobe allegedly showed up uninvited at a neighbor's party near 221st Avenue and West Yavapai street around 1 a.m.
"At one point he was waving his gun around, pointing the weapon at party goers, and one of those people called 911," said Buckeye Assistant Police Chief Larry Hall.
Hall says when officers arrived, they attempted to negotiate with Shobe to drop his weapon, but he refused, instead pointing the gun at officers and firing.
Shobe's family was shocked to hear the police account.
"It was absolutely mind-boggling," said Mark Shobe, Cody's father. "This is so out of character for Cody, absolutely out of character."
Cody Shobe was expecting his first child with his wife and high-school sweetheart in March and loved his job at the Palo Verde Water Reclamation Plant, according to his father.
"This was not Cody's personality. He was very responsible, he was always respectful and courteous to law enforcement officers," Mark Shobe said.
He said his son often went out for walks late at night.
Other relatives said Shobe had been drinking and doubted police accounts that Shobe fired his gun at police.
Buckeye police have turned over the investigation to the Department of Public Safety. The two officers who fired at Shobe have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.