Friends, family of man shot by police want answers

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- The friends and family of Timothy O’Brien, who was shot and killed by Phoenix Police Monday, want to know more about the altercation that eventually led to O’Brien’s death.

“It took a lot for him to get angry, especially over something so petty. I have a hard time believing that the events that are said to have transpired actually took place,” said long time family friend Raymond Morgan.

According to Sgt. Trent Crump, O’Brien was denied access to the pool, which was closed for private swimming lessons.

After that, police say O’Brien grabbed a baseball bat, and threatened a man and his 4-year-old child who were at the pool.

When officers arrived, Sgt. Crump said O’Brien did not listen to repeated warnings to put the bat down, and he approached them with the bat in a ready to swing position.

That is when two officers each fired two or three shots, killing O’Brien.

Morgan said the family, and he, would like to know more about what happened.

“They are in shock, they don’t think this really happened,” he said, “I just hope the full story does come out. I want to know everything that happened and why. That’s the big question, why?”

Morgan said O’Brien was very popular and well-liked.

He played football at Moon Valley High School, and was the kind of person everyone wanted to be friends with.

“Everyone knew Tim. Everyone knew the O’Briens. He was always smiling. Everyone had awesome things to say about him,” said Morgan.

The two officers who shot at O’Brien both have at least 10 years experience.

Police are still investigating the incident.