Prescott police officer shoots, kills suspect (gallery)

Suspect allegedly was shooting randomly at occupied structures

Prescott Police shot and killed a man who allegedly was shooting randomly at occupied buildings in his neighborhood and at responding officers Sunday, April 23, in Prescott.

Photo by Richard Haddad.

Prescott Police shot and killed a man who allegedly was shooting randomly at occupied buildings in his neighborhood and at responding officers Sunday, April 23, in Prescott.

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According to police, the man repeatedly fired bullets into nearby occupied structures. When officers arrived at about 4:10 p.m., the man shot toward responding officers.

A Prescott Police officer on Sunday, April 23, shot and killed a man who had been firing a gun from inside a house when he confronted officers with the gun, said Officer David Fuller, a police spokesman.

The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of next of kin, “repeatedly” fired into nearby occupied structures in the 900 block of Hope Street, Fuller said, and then, once police arrived at about 4:10 p.m., he shot toward officers.

Neighbor Rafael Marquez said “plenty of gunshots were fired,” and that it was “pretty scary, especially for the kids in the area.”

Marquez said that he couldn’t see what had happened because he lives across the street.

The SWAT team arrived and evacuated neighbors or advised them to stay indoors.

They also began negotiations with the suspect.

“During this time, the suspect confronted officers with a firearm,” Fuller said. “The suspect was shot by a Prescott Police officer and was pronounced deceased on the scene.”

Fuller said no one else was injured.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the shooting.

Fuller said the name of the officer who fired the fatal shot “will not be released at this time.”

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