PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A man was holding a replica rifle and refused commands when an officer shot and killed him on Monday morning, police said.
It all started when police got a call that 26-year-old Alejandro Hernandez was at his parents' house near 32nd Street and McDowell Road, which violated an order of protection, according to Sgt. Vince Lewis with the Phoenix Police Department.
When officers got there, Hernandez wasn't at the home but he was later spotted walking along the north bank of the canal near 35th and Roosevelt streets.
Hernandez had a sheet wrapped around what appeared to be a real gun in his hands, Lewis said.
"He ignored commands to comply with officers and dropped the sheet revealing what appeared to be a firearm," Lewis said in a statement.
Hernandez then pointed the gun at police and an officer shot him, Lewis said. Police said he was taken to the hospital and died.
No one else was hurt.
Police say they later learned the gun was a replica rifle and was found at the scene.
Police said the officer is 40 years old and has 11 years of service with the department.