Surprise police shooting leaves 1 dead near Walmart parking lot
Surprise police shot and killed a man near a Walmart parking lot on Tuesday afternoon after police say the man warned officers that he had a gun and reached down while inside a vehicle.
Sgt. James Rothschild, a department spokesperson, said officers responded to Surprise Towne Center near Bell Road and Grand Avenue around 12:20 p.m. after receiving a call about an unwanted guest in a retail parking lot. Although he didn't specify the business, police tape blocked off large sections of the parking lot in front of a Walmart.
Rothschild said officers attempted to speak with a man seated in the backseat of the vehicle but noted that the man was uncooperative.
"He's argumentative," Rothschild said. "He's yelling. (The officers) are trying to explain to him why they're there and he's just very, very loud and belligerent."
Rothschild said the officers eventually told the man to step out of the vehicle, when the man shouted, "I have a gun!" and reached down toward a pile of items in the backseat with him. At that point, at least one officer shot and killed him.
Information regarding how many officers shot the man and how many times was not immediately available. Rothschild said he didn't know whether police retrieved a gun or other type of weapon from the vehicle.
He noted that no one else was injured in the shooting.
Rothschild also didn't specify who made the 911 call and police were still investigating who the man was and notifying next of kin.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Surprise police shooting leaves 1 dead near Walmart parking lot