Officer-involved shooting was possible 'suicide by cop'

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police say an officer fatally shot a man who had pointed a handgun toward two officers while they tried to negotiate his surrender.

Sgt. Trent Crump says the man was shot Thursday on the sidewalk outside a midtown treatment facility near 13th Place and Campbell Avenue. The man earlier threatened to kill himself.

According to Crump, the man produced a gun and made that threat while talking to a crisis team who called police.

Crump says the crisis team and other patients in the treatment facility were evacuated before the man was shot.

Crump says the man had a history of mental illness and drug abuse.

His identification is being withheld pending notification of relatives.