Police shot and killed a man found driving a stolen car while wearing a mask and gloves after he pointed a weapon at an officer Tuesday morning in Phoenix, authorities said.

Sgt. Alan Pfohl, a Phoenix police spokesman, said a man in his 20s was rushed to a hospital following the shooting. He later was pronounced dead.

The shooting happened at an apartment complex near 70th Avenue and Indian School Road.

Members of the Phoenix Police Department Street Crimes Unit were conducting surveillance on two suspected stolen vehicles in the area early Tuesday morning, according to Pfohl.

The officers, some of whom were undercover and some uniformed, watched the cars until one of them began driving around, shortly after 11 a.m.,Pfohl said.

Some officers followed the vehicle and noticed the driver was wearing a bandannaover his face and gloves, Pfohl said.  

Officers tried to approach the driver when he returned to the complex.

Pfohl said a uniformed officer attempted to contact the man as he returned to the apartment complex. The man began to run, and was confronted by a second officer, which prompted the man to raise a gun and point it at the officer, Pfohl said.

The officer fired his weapon at least once, striking the man, Pfohl said.

The officer who fired the gun has been working with the Phoenix Police Department for 27 years, Pfohl said. No officers were injured.

The man who was shot was not identified by police.

It was the 38th time police shot at someone in Maricopa County in 2017; at least 22 people have died.


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