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Phoenix Police Shoot And Kill Man In Maryvale; Bystander Video Raises Questions

The Phoenix Police Department says two officers shot and killed a man sitting in a car in the driveway of a Maryvale residence on Saturday.

A Phoenix police spokesperson says the department received a 911 call the afternoon of July 4 requesting assistance.

Police say the caller claimed a man had tried to kill him a week earlier and had returned with a knife.

Police say they were directed to a home where the alleged perpetrator of the threat was located.

The spokesperson said police then found a man sitting in a car in the driveway of the home who refused orders to exit the vehicle. The Phoenix Police Department says the man rolled up the car window, armed himself with a handgun and pointed the gun at the officers.

Phoenix police say the officers then shot and killed the man in the car.

In a Facebook post, Phoenix City Councilmember Carlos Garcia identified the deceased man as James Garcia, and the shooting prompted protests over the weekend.

WARNING: Video contains graphic content.

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.