Authorities identify man shot, killed during encounter with police Friday

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Phoenix police officers on scene of a shooting near 59th Ave. and Osborn Rd. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News) Phoenix police officers on scene of a shooting near 59th Ave. and Osborn Rd. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News)
Phoenix police officers on scene of a shooting near Osborn and 59th Ave. Friday (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News) Phoenix police officers on scene of a shooting near Osborn and 59th Ave. Friday (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Phoenix police have identified the man who was killed during an encounter with officers that resulted in a shooting near Osborn Road and 59th Avenue in Phoenix Friday.

Phoenix Police spokesman Sgt. Alan Pfohl said 27-year-old David Gardea was shot after he pointed a gun at officers responding to an argument in the street. Gardea died at the scene.

Pfohl said officers had arrived at 5900 block of west Mulberry Drive shortly after 1 p.m. Gardea pointed a gun at an officer as he was getting out of the patrol car. The officer fired a shot at Gardea and he began running east on Mulberry Drive still aiming his gun at officers as, now both were firing at him, said Pfohl.

Pfohl said,"As the suspect reached a residential driveway, he turned and confronted the officers again, firing his weapon.  Both officers again fired, ending the threat."  No officers were hurt in the encounter.

Detectives found a black semi-automatic handgun at the scene, said Pfohl.

The two officers are veterans with the Phoenix Police Department. One is a 38-year old with 17 years of service with the department. The second is a 34-year-old with 10 years of service with the department, said Pfohl. Neither of the officers have been identified.

This is the 17th officer involved shooting incident in the Valley during 2018.

[Special Section: Officer involved shootings in the Phoenix vicinity in 2018]

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