Police kill man after responding to domestic violence call

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Police shot and killed a man Saturday afternoon after he reportedly pointed an assault rifle at his wife.

Officers responded to the area of 3300 W. Wagoner just after 5 p.m. after receiving a report of domestic violence.

Police had been told that a man was throwing things inside his house.

When officers arrived the woman who had called police was standing outside the home. Her husband, 49-year-old Samuel William Barnes, then walked out of the house carrying an assault rifle.

According to police, Barnes pointed the weapon at his wife, and refused to comply when officers told him to drop the gun.

Police, fearing that Barnes would shoot his wife, opened fire.

Barnes proceeded to point the rifle at the officers, prompting them to shoot again.

Barnes was hit by bullets and rushed to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. No officers were injured during the shooting.

The case now being investigated both criminally and internally. The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.