Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Phoenix

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A man was killed after a reported domestic violence situation spawned a short suspect search that ended with an officer-involved shooting in Phoenix early Saturday afternoon.

It started at an apartment at 70th Avenue and Indian School Road. According to police, a woman called 911, reporting that she was the victim of domestic violence. She told the operator that the suspect had a gun.

The man, Justin Tyler Riedisser, was gone by the time police arrived on the scene, but they tracked him to another apartment complex less than a mile away at 67th Avenue and Osborn Road.

He was hiding inside a large concrete pipe, which had been converted into a piece of playground equipment.

Police said Riedisser, 26, was upset and confrontational, even pointing a gun at officers who were trying to calm him down. Despite their orders, he refused to surrender.

With the suspect's gun aimed at them, several officers opened fire.

"It doesn't appear that any of our officers were injured," Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said. "It doesn't appear that he was able to fire at our officers, but they  again, fired at him when he aimed his weapon at them."

At this point, police have not said what the initial fight was about or if there is a history of domestic violence between him and the woman who called 911.

The Phoenix Police Department has not released the names of the officers involved in the shooting, but they will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure any time an officer fires his of her weapon.

One of the officers is 32 years old. The other two officers are 28. All three have been with the Phoenix Police Department for six years each. None of them was hurt.

The shooting is under investigation.