A man fatally shot someone who tried to rob him at knifepoint early Wednesday morning at a Circle K store in south Phoenix, police said.

The 19-year-old man called police about 1:30 a.m. to report what happened at the Circle K, near 24th Street and Baseline Road, according to a Phoenix Police Department news release.  

The man was sitting in his vehicle, with the driver’s door open, at a fuel pump when a woman approached to distract him, police say.

Another man, between 25 and 35 years old, moved toward the man from the rear, pulled out a knife and demanded the vehicle, according to the release.

The man retrieved his handgun and fired gunshots, striking the man, the release stated. He died at the scene. The woman left the area on foot.

The man went inside the store to report what happened and wait for police.

The police investigation is ongoing.

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