A 35-year-old man who shot at Phoenix police from his bike died July 26, 2017, in the parking lot of a Circle K at 35th Avenue and Deer Valley Road after police shot back, the Phoenix Police Department said.

Phoenix police shot and killed a man riding a bicycle who refused to stop for officers and fired a gun at them as he tried to flee, according to a police spokesman.

Sgt. Alan Pfohl said the man was seen near 35th Avenue and Deer Valley Road about 1 a.m. without “proper nighttime riding lights on his bike.” State law requires anyone riding a bike at night to use a headlamp on the front and rear red reflector.

Officers attempted to stop the man, but he rode away and headed into a field behind the Circle K. Pfohl said the man shot at officers as he jumped off his bike and began to run.

At least one of the officers returned gunfire, striking and killing him.

Pfohl said detectives are still trying to positively identify the man, but initial information indicates he was a 35-year-old man with a warrant for his arrest over weapons violations. 

The roadways were reopened just before 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Pfhol said the investigation in the Circle K parking lot could take up to another five to six hours.


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