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Police have released the name of the man shot dead in central Phoenix on Monday, as well as additional details of the confrontation with his suspected killer that led to her death.
Todd Landon, 55, was shot multiple times in an apartment near Central and Minnezona avenues. His suspected killer has been identified as a 27-year-old woman who was later fatally shot by police during a confrontation at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
The woman’s name had yet to be released as of Tuesday afternoon.
Phoenix police say they responded to a medical call at an apartment around 12:15 p.m. Monday and found Landon with several gunshot wounds. He was transported to a hospital and declared dead.
Police believe the suspected shooter left the scene and went to a cafe by Central Avenue and Portland Street, where she stayed for hours. An employee approached her about her bill as she tried to leave, and she pointed a gun at the employee before running to the park, police said.
The café worker called 911 to report the aggravated assault, and responding police found the woman sitting by herself in the Japanese Friendship Garden park at 1125 N. Third Ave. just before 6 p.m.
Police say she was threatening to harm herself and they were trying to de-escalate the situation.
“Several non-lethal, less-lethal tools and tactics were brought to the scene with the goal of continuing that contact with her,” according to Sgt. Vince Lewis, a Phoenix police spokesman.
Multiple officers attempted to communicate with the woman. However, she did not comply and continued to walk toward Margaret T. Hance Park, where officers believed citizens could be in harm’s way, Lewis said.
Afraid for the safety of the citizens and officers, an officer from the Special Assignment Unit opened fire at the same time as the woman.
Crews provided emergency aid to the woman, but she was pronounced dead at a hospital, Lewis said.
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