Man shot to death in Taco Bell drive-thru

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A 29-year-old man was shot and killed in a Taco Bell drive-thru after two people said he walked up to their car and threatened them.

It happened Tuesday night at the Taco Bell restaurant at 51st Avenue and Baseline Road.

Police said a 22-year-old man and a female passenger had ordered food in the drive-thru lane and as they were pulling up to the window, a man walking his dog stepped around a blind corner into the lane.

The driver quickly stopped and exchanged words with the man, later identified as Daniel Adkins. They got into an altercation and the driver shot Adkins one time, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

Adkins was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver remained at the scene. He and his passenger said Adkins had a bat or some other type of weapon that he swung at them. The driver told police he felt threatened.

Detectives were unable to locate a bat or similar item. However, a witness told investigators that Adkins did swing his fist in the direction of the driver several times.

Homicide detectives are investigating the incident. At this time, it's unknown whether the driver will face any charges.

"Just because we don't book a person immediately doesn't mean charges won't be filed at a later date," Thompson said.