Man shot, killed after allegedly threatening officers with bat

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- The man who was shot and killed by Phoenix police officers on Monday has been identified as 25-year-old Timothy Sean O'Brien.

According to O'Brien's Facebook page, he went to Moon Valley High School and lived in Phoenix.

Officers shot and killed O'Brien who allegedly threatened them with a baseball bat at a city park Monday afternoon.


The shooting occurred just after 1 p.m. at Telephone Pioneers of America Park near Union Hills Drive and 19th Avenue in Phoenix.

O'Brien was told he couldn't go swimming at the park's pool because private swim lessons were going on, according to Sgt. Trent Crump. Pool staff called police after he began beating a bat against a building at the park.

A man who brought his 4-year-old child to the pool told police that the suspect approached them in the parking lot and threatened the child with a baseball bat.

Police went to the park and saw a white male hitting a picnic table with the bat. Officers approached the man and words were exchanged.

Crump said the suspect failed to heed the officers' warnings to put the bat down and he advanced on the officers with the bat in a ready-to-swing position.

Two officers fired two or three shots each at the suspect and he died at the scene.

No police officers were injured.

The two officers involved in the shooting have been with the department for about 10 years, according to Crump.

Police are still investigating the incident.

According to David Urbinato with the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, the public pool is designed primarily to be accessible to people with disabilities.