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A motorist near downtown Phoenix was fatally shot by an officer after the man aimed his car at police approaching him on foot and accelerated toward them, police said.
Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Alan Pfohl said officers stopped the driver of a black Chevy Camero at about 10 p.m. Friday in the area of Monroe and 28th streets for an invalid license plate but he sped off. Pfohl said officers on patrol later noticed the car parked with its lights off at 21st and Adams streets.
He said that when they approached, the driver sped off, then lost control of his vehicle and hit a fence, tree and an officer’s vehicle. Pfohl said when two officers on foot approached the car, it accelerated toward them and one officer fired his weapon.
The unidentified 34-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators don’t know why he fled.
The officer who fired at the man has been with the department for 13 years, police said. Another officer sustained a broken foot in the traffic collision.
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