Phoenix police fatally shoot man in wheelchair

October 18, 2011 - 11:55 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — A man in a wheelchair has been fatally shot by Phoenix police after officers say he pointed a gun at them.

Police say two veteran officers went to the main bus and light rail station in downtown Phoenix around 2:20 a.m. Saturday after someone reported gunshots.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/q4A8ix) reports that witnesses told police the man assaulted a woman believed to be his girlfriend.

Police say the man became belligerent as officers approached, and he pulled a handgun from the waistband of his pants.

Police say both officers gave several commands for the man to drop the gun, and they fired when he raised the gun and pointed it at the officers.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name hasn't been released.

Neither officer was injured.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com