Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in south Phoenix

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A suspect was killed in an officer-involved shooting Thursday afternoon in south Phoenix, police said.

The shooting happened just before 5 p.m. near 99th Avenue and Broadway Road when an officer was responding to a trespassing call at a recently-vacated home.

Sgt. Jonathan Howard with Phoenix Police said a neighbor had seen the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Jacob Uptain, walking through the neighborhood and approaching several homes before entering the backyard of the vacant house.

Howard said the neighbor looked over the fence and saw that the suspect had entered the home. The neighbor then confirmed with the realtor that no one should be inside.

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According to Howard, when the officer arrived, Uptain was in the driveway of the vacant home. The officer started a conversation with him and could see that Uptain had a handgun and knife in his waistband. 

Howard said the officer asked about the weapons and Uptain lifted his shirt revealing a second handgun. The officer then retreated behind his police vehicle and gave commands to Uptain to keep his hands up. 

Police say Uptain reached for his waist and ran into the street. As Uptain walked toward the officer, the officer fired several shots, striking Uptain, according to Howard.

Additional officers arrived on scene and used a stunbag to strike the suspect to ensure he was no longer a threat, Howard said. When the suspect did not respond, officers moved closer and determined the suspect was deceased. 

Howard said officers and K9 units cleared the vacant residence and found additional weapons inside the empty house that were not left by the previous owner.

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