PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) − According to police, an officer shot and killed an armed man who assaulted a woman and was pointing his gun at traffic late Monday night in Phoenix.

Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said officers responded to a domestic violence fight near 37th Avenue and Camelback Road at about 9:30 p.m.

Fortune said a woman was driving in the area with a man she was dating when he began to assault her.

When she stopped the vehicle, the suspect got out of the vehicle armed with a gun.

Fortune said the woman fled from the suspect in her vehicle before hearing two shots. 

"The victim could not tell us if the suspect shot at her or in the air," Fortune said. "But she's very positive there were shots that were fired."

After a description was provided, officers located the armed man near 36th Avenue and Camelback Road.

Fortune said the man was walking by open businesses with bystanders nearby and at one point aimed the gun at traffic and himself. 

The man refused the officers' commands to drop the weapon and continued to walk along the sidewalk. That is when an officer shot and killed the suspect.

Fire personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

Fortune said no officers were injured.

The victim is expected to be OK.

"She did have visible injuries," Fortune said. "She is fine and she is speaking to detectives."

Camelback Road was closed for the morning commute from 35th to 37th avenues while police investigate.

This is the 42nd officer-involved shooting involving the Phoenix Police Department in 2018.

Police said on Tuesday the officer is an 18-year veteran of the force.

No names have been released.

[MAP: Officer-involved shootings in the Valley]


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More outstanding work by our police officers. I hope all officers involved have no long term effects from this traumatic incident.


"no officers were injured." Excellent Police 1 Bad Guys 0

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