PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Phoenix police are investigating after a domestic violence call led to an officer-involved shooting at an Ahwatukee apartment complex late Thursday night. 

According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson, officers were called to an apartment complex near Chandler Boulevard and Desert Foothills Parkway just before midnight for reports of a physical fight. Officers found that the fight was a domestic violence altercation between a man and a woman.

Thompson said when officers arrived at the apartment, a 40-year-old man, later identified as Ryan Whitaker, armed with a weapon answered the door. 

"Based upon that encounter, one of the officers on scene fired at that individual, struck him, and he was pronounced deceased on the scene," Thompson said. 

Thompson says that as the officers arrived in the area, a second call was received by police indicating that the incident had become a physical altercation and the call was upgraded to an emergency response.

Two officers arrived on scene and approached the apartment on opposite sides of the door.

A short time after knocking and announcing they were Phoenix Police officers, Whitaker, armed with a handgun, opened the door and quickly stepped out of the apartment, towards one of the officers, says Thompson.

The second officer fired his weapon, striking Whitaker. He was later pronounced deceased on the scene, says Thompson. No officers or other civilians were injured.

The investigation is ongoing. The officers involved in the incident include a 53-year-old who is a 23 year veteran of the force and 33-year-old who has been with Phoenix police for two years. 

This is the 22nd officer-involved shooting in Maricopa County this year.


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