A confrontation at an ATM ended in a deadly officer-involved shooting. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Officer Jacob Martinson (Source: Glendale Police Department)
GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -
Neighbors describe a Glendale man shot and killed by police as "different," and said he had a history of pulling his gun on people.
Glendale police say Tuesday night's deadly shooting was preceded by a confrontation at a Wells Fargo ATM at 67th Avenue and Bell Road.
According to police, a woman was in her car at the ATM when Joseph Tassinari, 63, pulled up behind her and started yelling profanities and honking his horn. The woman said Tassinari pulled a gun when she got out of her car to see what was wrong.
She got back into her car, and as she called 911, Tassinari fled. The woman's passenger wrote down Tassinari's license plate number and relayed it to police.
Officers caught up with Tassinari at his home in the area or 65th Avenue and Christy Drive, which is north of Peoria Avenue.
When confronted by Officer Jacob Martinson, Tassinari said he had a gun. Investigators said Tassinari refused to comply with the officer's orders.
Martinson called for backup as he continued to talk to Tassinari, but the situation quickly escalated.
Martinson deployed his stun gun, but it had no apparent effect on Tassinari. Police said Tassinari then reached for his waistband.
"The officer perceived a deadly threat and fearing for his life fired his weapon striking the suspect," Officer Tracey Breeden said in an email to media outlets. "The suspect was found to be armed with a gun on his person."
Tassinari was pronounced dead at the scene. Martinson was not injured.
Tassinari's adult son was home at the time of the shooting.
Investigators are still trying to determine what sparked Tassinari's behavior at the ATM. The woman said she did not know Tassinari and has no idea why he was yelling at her.
Martinson was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. That is standard procedure any time an officer fires his or her service weapon.
Martinson is an 11-year veteran police officer and field training officer assigned to the Foothills Patrol Division.
Tuesday night's shooting was the 13th in the Phoenix-metro area and the 20th in Arizona since the start of the year.
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