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Critical Incident Briefing: September 3rd, 2022 – 2700 W Van Buren St.https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2481Police9/16/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im6OaG-zm3UCritical Incident Briefing: September 3rd, 2022 – 2700 W Van Buren St.<div class="ExternalClass146E2D97B8C14F38A6CC66051192C1BF"><html> <p>​<strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong></p><p> <br>The Phoenix Police Department has released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an in-custody death which occurred on September 3<sup>rd</sup>, 2022.</p> <p>This incident occurred in the area of 27<sup>th</sup> Avenue and Van Buren Street when Phoenix. Police received multiple calls about a man trying to enter homes, hitting his head on walls, falling over, and acting erratic. Multiple officers were dispatched to the scene based on the man's erratic behavior. </p> <p>Two Officers arrived on scene and found the man, later identified as Enrique Cantu III, outside in a residential area, hunched over on his knees. In the video, you can see Cantu gets up, walks over to the officers, and bumps into one of them. The officers then grabbed Cantu's arms and he resisted before being placed on the ground. The officers then detained Cantu by placing him in two sets of handcuffs.</p> <p>The officers then tried to bring Cantu up on his feet but he did not comply, so he was moved to his side in the recovery position, while the fire department was called to evaluate his condition. </p> <p>The recovery position is the preferred position – if possible – while waiting for medical personnel because it allows for an open airway and prevents a person from choking on vomit or blood.</p> <p>Approximately 5 minutes later, the Phoenix Fire Department arrived on scene to provide a medial evaluation and aid. A few minutes later, firefighters realized Cantu's condition was deteriorating and removed his handcuffs to provide better medical care.</p> <p>After the handcuffs were removed, life saving measures were rendered, and he was taken to a local hospital where he died. The cause and manner of death will ultimately be determined by the Office of the Medical Examiner. The Officers involved in this incident are assigned to the South Mountain Precinct and have approximately 3/12 years of service with the department. This incident is the subject of both an internal and a criminal investigation, which will be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office</p> <p>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.</p> <p>Public records law requires redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.​​​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice
Critical Incident Briefing: August 28th, 2022 – 2600 W Deer Valley Rdhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2475Police9/9/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1FUda7AVr0Critical Incident Briefing: August 28th, 2022 – 2600 W Deer Valley Rd<div class="ExternalClass82B37CF98BE54D76BC7AD4A687D487F0"><html> <p>​<strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​​WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong></p> <p> <br>At about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night August 28<sup>th</sup>, 2022, The Phoenix Police Department began receiving reports of shots fired in the area of 27<sup>th</sup> Avenue and Deer Valley Road. Callers described a man shooting near a local motel and restaurant near the I-17 corridor. </p> <p>Much of the incident was captured on surveillance cameras from several businesses in the area. The cameras from the motel record video only. So, in order to provide a better understanding of the events, we have taken the silent video from the motel and matched it - to the nearest second - with the sound of recorded surveillance video from a gas station next door. </p> <p>Video from inside the motel shows the suspect leaving his room wearing tactical gear, including a helmet, a ballistic vest, a gas mask and knee pads. The man was also armed with a rifle and holding a Molotov cocktail. Soon after walking outside, the suspect began walking around firing his rifle at buildings and vehicles.</p> <p>Less than 30 seconds later as the suspect is walking through the parking lot, a white car pulls in. The suspect approaches the car and begins shooting at it, striking and killing an adult male and adult female. Three other people inside the car then exited the vehicle and took off running.</p> <p>The suspect then continued to wander the parking lot while firing off dozens of rounds at random unoccupied cars. He made his way closer to a restaurant with people inside and threw a Molotov cocktail at the window. The window did not break, and the device did not ignite. During this incident, the suspect encountered several community members, that he pointed a gun at, but did not shoot.</p> <p>For the next several minutes the suspect walked around the area randomly firing rounds. Some of the bullets from the suspect's gun struck several innocent bystanders, and pierced cars and buildings across the street. </p> <p>As police neared the scene the dispatcher tells officers the suspect is actively shooting, and those officers were immediately met with gunfire when they arrived. Two officers were injured. One was able to return fire but did not hit the suspect. </p> <p>One of the injured officers was pinned down by gunfire while others devised a plan to safely go in and extract him from the area.  </p> <p>The injured officer was loaded into the back of a police patrol Tahoe and driven to a local hospital. Body Worn Camera footage of the initial contact is not available, as the officers involved did not activate their camera. The gunfire from the suspect eventually stopped, giving officers an opportunity to approach. When those officers did proceed to the suspect, they found him dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators who processed the scene were able to find 200 spent rifle rounds, five empty magazines, unused flashbangs (which is an explosive device used to temporarily disorient a person) and other tactical equipment. </p> <p>The officer who returned fire in this incident has been on the department approximately 4 years and is assigned to the Cactus Park Precinct</p> <p>The suspect in this case has been identified as Isaiah Williams, a 24 year old male.</p> <p>This incident is the subject of both an internal and a criminal investigation, which will be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete.</p> <p>Body-worn cameras are used by all officers assigned to patrol and several specialty units. Per policy, they are worn at mid-torso level and capture the view of the line of sight from that perspective.   It's important to note that the camera lens is fixed and does not capture everything seen or experienced by the officer.  </p> <p>When activated, both audio and video turn on. The body worn camera has a buffer of video without audio for the 30 seconds prior to activation. This feature is designed to capture incidents that happen suddenly where an officer doesn't immediately activate the camera. The Phoenix Police Department does not currently use in-car camera systems.  </p> <p>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.</p> <p>Public records law required redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice
Contract Approved, Interim Police Chief to Start September 12https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2469Police9/2/2022 4:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2469/Newsroom_InterimChiefMichaelSullivan.pngContract Approved, Interim Police Chief to Start September 12<div class="ExternalClass190A4F6214944FCDA89963613066D0CD"><html>The <a href="https://apps-secure.phoenix.gov/PublicRecordsSearch/Home/RenderPDF/?id=l38941eabH5U4m82nbtECnj7byKHAOSYrD+KLnOZdag=" target="_blank">contract to hire Michael Sullivan</a> as the Interim Phoenix Police Chief has been approved and signed, the last step before bringing the 27-year veteran of law enforcement to his new role in Phoenix.<br><br>The contract terms were approved by unanimous vote of the Phoenix City Council on Wednesday and then finalized by Sullivan and the City. Sullivan's employment with the city begins on September 12. The contract has an initial one-year term that may be extended up to 24 months.<br><br>“I want to thank City Manager Jeff Barton for this opportunity to work with the women and men of the Phoenix Police Department and the communities which make up the fabric of Phoenix," said Chief Sullivan. “I also want to thank Mayor Gallego and the City Council for approving my employment agreement. This is an important time for the City and the Phoenix Police Department."<br><br>Chief Sullivan's transition into the Phoenix Police Department will include meetings with key stakeholders, advisory boards and community groups, members of the department, labor leaders and the media. <br><br>“In the coming weeks, I look forward to spending a lot of time observing and listening. My focus will be on reducing and preventing violent crime, building trusting relationships with the members of the police department, city officials, and community members, and working to continue the reform work already underway," said Sullivan.<br><br>“Chief Sullivan is a leader with a history as a reformer who evaluates best practices and brings positive community change," said City Manager Jeff Barton. “His decades of experience, his commitment to working with the community and his law enforcement expertise will be a benefit to the work we have ahead of us."<br><br>As interim Chief, Sullivan will lead Phoenix Police through the currently open Department of Justice (DOJ) <a href="/police/doj" target="_blank">civil pattern or practice investigation</a>. Sullivan has spent the last 3 years as Deputy Commissioner for the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) where he led police reform efforts including bringing the agency into compliance mandates from a Federal Consent Decree based on a 2017 DOJ investigation into BPD. Sullivan also worked for the Louisville Metro Police Department, leaving in 2019 prior to the Breonna Taylor incident which prompted the currently open DOJ investigation of that department. You can read more about his <a href="/piosite/Documents/MichaelSullivanBiography.pdf" target="_blank">experience</a>, including his Bachelor's, Master's and other ongoing law enforcement educational pursuits. <br><br>During the term of this interim assignment, the City of Phoenix will conduct a nationwide search for a permanent Police Chief, considering all internal and external candidates. The City Manager has committed to a robust community engagement process during the selection process, including input from the community, elected officials, department employees and labor groups.<br><br><br><p><br></p></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNewspolicePolice
Hundreds of Crime Guns Seize in Summer Crackdownhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2452Police8/17/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2452/pic for newsroom.jpgHundreds of Crime Guns Seize in Summer Crackdown<div class="ExternalClassF1519475A9604BE2852578E77A75E713"><html>A little more than one month after the launch of “Operation Gun Crime Crackdown,” hundreds of crime guns have been taken off the streets and out of the hands of criminals.<br><br>The multi-agency, multi-faceted operation kicked off July 5, and focuses on reducing the number of violent gun crimes plaguing our city. Enforcement is aimed at taking guns away from those who are not supposed to have them while protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens.<br><br>“Guns are getting into the wrong hands leaving children without parents, families devastated and communities living in fear. We must do something to protect our children, our community’s officers, from gun violence,” said Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams at a news conference announcing the operation.<br><br>Phoenix police have seized 711 guns from July 5 to August 15, including more than a dozen guns with a “conversion device” on them. A conversion device is an illegal part added to a gun to make it fully automatic. Police also seized a flare gun that was modified to shoot a 9mm round.<br><br>During that same time period, Phoenix police also made 526 arrests associated with gun crimes.<br><br>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said these are the kind of results she is looking for. “When we can take guns off the streets and out of the hands of people who should not have them, we’re improving safety throughout the city.” The Mayor added, “It shows how much we can accomplish when agencies collaborate on a common goal. I’m very grateful for our partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Maricopa County Attorney.”<br><br>The collaborative effort of local, state and federal agencies involved in this operation lead to the arrest of several individuals involved in multiple violent crimes, including several homicides which remain under investigation. Information on those will be released later, to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigations.<br><br>“The results of this targeted effort are a great example of how working with our law enforcement partners can enhance the great work the men and women of the Phoenix Police Department do every day,” said Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams.<br><br>Having agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives embedded with Phoenix detectives assigned to “Operation Gun Crime Crackdown” has shortened the turn-around time of analyzing evidence from shooting scenes.<br><br>As part of the operation, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office geographically assigned supervisors to coordinate directly with police precinct personnel. MCAO liaisons have worked with Phoenix police to review gun cases to secure appropriate release conditions for those arrested.<br><br>“I commend the brave Phoenix Police Officers who go out every day and face dangerous and sometimes deadly scenarios involving those who commit crimes with a gun. Those who illegally possess guns seek to disrupt the safety of our community and my office is committed to holding them accountable. I support the lawful ownership of firearms and this partnership is about prosecuting those who seek to break the law and do harm in our community,” said Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell.<br><br>There is also a tip line for community members to call or email with any information they may have on someone they know who is illegally in possession of a firearm. This enforcement is not about taking guns away from law abiding citizens. It’s about getting guns out of the hands of criminals and those who are not supposed to have them.<br><br>TIPS AND LEADS PHONE: 602 644-5805 <br><br>EMAIL: azactic.gov<br><br>Silent Witness 602-480-Witness (480-948-6377) 602-480-Testigo (480-837-8446)<br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNewspolicePolice
Critical Incident Briefing: July 19, 2022 – 111th Avenue and Camelback Roadhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2433Police8/2/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2433/Twitter, Next Door.pnghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q8pvXvc3toCritical Incident Briefing: July 19, 2022 – 111th Avenue and Camelback Road<div class="ExternalClass87C6BB7599F142109F34FF0100236E66"><html> <p>​<strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong></p> <p> <br>This incident occurred in the area of 111<sup>th</sup> Avenue and Camelback Road, when a 911 call was made about a resident, later identified as 22-year-old Matthew Begay, threatening to jump out of the second story window of a local group home. </p> <p>During the 911 call, the dispatcher placed a simultaneous call to an outside contracted mental health company requesting a mobile crisis team to respond. About 5 minutes later, 911 received confirmation that the mobile crisis team was 25 minutes away. </p> <p>On the way to the call a supervisor asked for a member of the Phoenix Police Crisis Intervention team to respond. He was later told a crisis team member was unavailable.  </p> <p>The Phoenix Police Department's Crisis Intervention Team, commonly known as CIT, encompasses both full-time detectives trained in metal heath situations, and patrol officers with 40 hours of crisis response training. The role of theses specialized officers is to assist during crisis situations if available.  </p> <p>  At about 10:12 a.m., The first two officers arrived at the group home and spoke with the caller who directed them to Matthew inside the home. The two officers entered the group home and began to walk up the stairs. They found Matthew standing on the landing of the second floor.</p> <p>Matthew was looking down at the officers and positioned blocking the top floor of the home. As officers were talking with Matthew, they attempted to walk up the stairs. Officers stayed on the middle landing of the stairs in order to remain in a safer position. </p> <p>The officers continued talking with Matthew and offering him help, though he told officers he wasn't coming down and would not let them up. The two officers continued negotiating with Matthew for about 15 minutes. During negotiations Officers again requested someone from the Crisis intervention Team. No one was available. </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Over the next few minutes, additional officers arrived on scene and stayed at the bottom of the stairs. At about 10:31 a.m., Matthew is heard saying he was trying to die. Shortly after - he is seen removing a knife from his right pants pocket. He begins to take a step down the stairs toward officers.</span></p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Officers ordered Matthew to drop the knife, which he did not. One officer used a Taser in an attempt to get Matthew to comply. The impact of the taser did not have any effect on Matthew and he continued to walk towards officers.</span></p> <p>One officer then fired his duty weapon striking Matthew and causing him fall onto the middle landing of the stairs.    </p> <p>To better provide medical aid to Matthew, officers carried him to the front patio area of the house and away from the three occupants who were still upstairs.</p> <p>Once outside, officers continued providing medical aid until the Phoenix Fire department arrived and took over. Matthew was transported to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. </p> <p>The officer involved in this shooting has been with the department for 2 years and is assigned to the Maryvale Estrella Mountain Precinct.</p> <p>This incident is the subject of both an internal and a criminal investigation, which will be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete.</p> <p>Body-worn cameras are used by all officers assigned to patrol and several specialty units. Per policy, they are worn at mid-torso level and capture the view of the line of sight from that perspective.   It's important to note that the camera lens is fixed and does not capture everything seen or experienced by the officer.  </p> <p>When activated, both audio and video turn on. The body worn camera has a buffer of video without audio for the 30 seconds prior to activation. This feature is designed to capture incidents that happen suddenly where an officer doesn't immediately activate the camera. The Phoenix Police Department does not currently use in-car camera systems.  </p> <p>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.</p> <p>Public records law required redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.​​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div><a href="https://phoenix.gov/police">https://phoenix.gov/police</a>VideopolicePolice
Critical Incident Briefing: July 15, 2022 – 1700 N. Black Canyon Hwyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2428Police7/29/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2428/Black Canyon CIB Splash screen.pnghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBsCjKDEiRcCritical Incident Briefing: July 15, 2022 – 1700 N. Black Canyon Hwy<div class="ExternalClassD24B79C8C66F49928C30F51F4A8769B8"><html> <p>​</p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span> <p> <strong>WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong> <br> <br>This incident began near Bell Road and the I17 freeway, when Phoenix police were sent to the area to investigate a report of an aggravated assault. A security guard made the 911 call and said he was working nearby and recognized a man that was banned from the property he was guarding. When he got out of his car to talk to him, he noticed the man had a gun. The security guard said he got back in his car and saw the man point the gun at him and walk away. The security guard started to follow him and called police. </p> <p>The suspect with the gun continued to walk to a parking lot of a nearby hotel where he came across someone, he knew who was in a Uhaul truck. He verbally attacked his male acquaintance - pistol whipped him, pointed a gun at the man's head, and pistol whipped him again. The suspect then went into the hotel.</p> <p>Officers arrived at the hotel and began looking for the suspect. As they were inside the hotel, they started to get information from a Sergeant watching security cameras. </p> <p>The suspect was located near a stairwell and given commands - but ran away. Officers used a 40mm launcher to try to get the suspect in custody, which had no effect. </p> <p>The officers lost sight of the suspect and continued their search of the hotel. The suspect was seen in another stairwell still holding the gun. He left the stairwell and pointed the gun at officers. One officer responded by firing his duty weapon. Here is the body worn camera video the of that interaction</p> <p>The suspect is holding the gun in his right hand and a cell phone and backpack in his left hand. The suspect can be seen looking through a small window on the stairwell door. He opens the door and points the gun down the hallway where officers are standing. This is when the officer involved shooting occurs.</p> <p>The suspect retreats to a lower stairwell landing where he points the gun, first, at the lower level stairwell and then at the upper level stairwell door.  </p> <p>The suspect then ran to a laundry room on the second floor of the hotel and tried to hide from officers in a dryer. The suspect began pointing the gun to his own head. An officer discharged multiple less lethal stun bags at the suspect – causing him to comply. He was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for injuries caused by the less lethal projectiles. He was not struck by any bullets. The suspect was later released and booked into the Maricopa County Jail.</p> <p>The officer involved in this shooting has been on the department for six years and is assigned to the Cactus Park Precinct.</p> <p>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.</p> <p>Public records law required redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.​<br></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice
Critical Incident Briefing - June 30, 2022 - 106th Dr. & Colter St.https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2415Police7/14/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/Bchm81XHC9kCritical Incident Briefing - June 30, 2022 - 106th Dr. & Colter St.<div class="ExternalClass047BBE5B27FD4B89BEEA89CD533BBCAB"><html> <strong>WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong> <br> <br>The Phoenix Police Department has released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to a critical incident which occurred on June 30, 2022.<br><br>This incident began in the area of 106th Drive and Colter Street, when Phoenix police were sent to the area to investigate a report of a suspicious person in the neighborhood.<br><br>While officers were talking with a man related to the call, they heard a gunshot nearby. Their attention was diverted to a man holding a gun. Officers yelled commands at the man to drop the gun. The man did not obey the commands and an officer fired his weapon. The man with the gun then took off running through the neighborhood and exchanged gunfire with officers.<br><br>Officers began searching the neighborhood looking for the man. While this was occurring, Phoenix police received a 911 call about a person with a gunshot wound at a home nearby. The woman making the call indicated that her husband had been shot.<br><br>Officers responded to the home and put a plan together to contact the man inside. He was called out of the house, taken into custody and found to have a gunshot wound. The man was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries and was later booked into jail. A search warrant was served on the home and a firearm was recovered.<br><br>The officers involved in this incident have approximately 3 years of service and are assigned to the Maryvale-Estrella Mountain Precinct.<br><br>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.<br><br>Public records law required redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.<br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice
Critical Incident Briefing: June 27, 2022 – 52nd Street and Thomas Roadhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2412Police7/11/2022 10:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/TR-fMfPFqA8Critical Incident Briefing: June 27, 2022 – 52nd Street and Thomas Road<div class="ExternalClassFA916BC54F8F450EB1A72213EDF993D6"><html> ​​<strong>WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong> <br><br>The Phoenix Police Department has released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an officer-involved shooting (OIS) which occurred on June 27, 2022.<br><br>This incident occurred in the area of 5200 E Thomas Road when Phoenix Police officers responded to a call of a domestic violence dispute just after 4:42 p.m. The caller told the 911 dispatcher her neighbors in the same apartment complex were fighting again and she was concerned because the woman was much smaller than the man. The caller also told the dispatcher the man, later identified as Rakim Durham, is known to carry a gun and wears body armor.<br><br>The caller tells the 911 operator the woman has told her not to check up on her because it makes the situation worse. As the officers are arriving in the area the caller tells the operator the couple has quieted down. This information is relayed to the responding officers. Learning that no one saw a physical fight and things are now quiet, a sergeant cancels the call and tells the responding officers to go back on patrol. <br><br>Around 5:12 p.m. a second 911 call was received from the same caller asking why the police had not arrived. The 911 operator asked the caller if she can direct the officers to where the fight was occurring. The caller told the operator she could. Officers were then dispatched back out to the location.<br><br>An officer and a sergeant arrived and entered the courtyard of the apartment complex. They saw Durham outside on the 2nd floor landing and a group of people, including young children, on the ground floor, directly underneath the suspect. One of the people in the group tells the sergeant and the officer that Durham has been pointing a gun at them. The officers saw a gun in Durham's hand and ordered him several times to drop the gun. That is when the officer-involved shooting occurred. During the shooting, Durham was seen going into an apartment.<br><br>After shooting, the officers moved up to the second level of the apartment building and began giving Durham commands to show his hands. Durham showed his hands but remained in the apartment’s doorway. The sergeant told Durham he wanted to get him help but he needed to crawl away from the door.<br><br>Additional officers arrived to assist with both lethal and non-lethal tools.<br><br>Once additional officers arrived on scene, a group of officers moved up to take the suspect into custody. As they approached the apartment door, a woman from inside the apartment came outside and told the officers her babies were inside the apartment. The officers were able to move up to the apartment door and saw that Durham had become unresponsive.<br><br>Officers went inside the apartment, located the children, and took them to safety.<br><br>Officers provided aid to Durham until the Phoenix Fire Department arrived. He was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries three days later.<br><br>No other community members or officers were injured during this incident.<br><br>The officer involved in this shooting has been with the department for 3 1/2 years and is assigned to the Mountain View Precinct.<br><br>The sergeant involved in this shooting has been with the department for 15 1/2 years and is assigned to the Mountain View Precinct.<br><br>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. Public records law required redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.<br> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideopolicePolice

 

 

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