Protest erupts in Phoenix after viral video shows police fatally shooting man in parked car

As four Phoenix police officers surrounded a sedan parked in the driveway of a one-story house on Saturday, at least two of the officers had their guns drawn and pointed at the car.

“Hey, stop f------ moving. I will f------ shoot you,” one officer standing near the driver’s window yelled at the car’s lone occupant. Bystanders watching the tense scene unfold from across the street repeatedly shouted, “Don’t shoot him!”

Seconds later, a cracking sound could be heard, followed by a sharp exclamation. There was a brief silence. Then, deafening bangs — roughly 10 — rang out in quick succession.

Bystander video of the fatal shooting went viral over the weekend, prompting protesters to march for hours through the streets of Phoenix on Sunday night, outraged by another deadly incident amid nationwide demonstrations against police brutality. The protesters called for the release of the officers’ body-cam footage, with at least one city council member also publicly criticizing the Phoenix Police Department’s handling of the incident, the Arizona Republic reported.

Police have not named the man who was killed Saturday, but activists and Phoenix City Councilman Carlos Garcia identified him as James Garcia. The officers involved in the shooting have not been identified.

“It does not shock us that despite all the scrutiny from community Phoenix PD continues to respond violently to calls. But, we must all continue to ask for transparency and accountability,” Garcia, the council member, wrote in a Facebook post Sunday that included the video. “We cannot allow for dishonest narratives to be built by violent departments. We will continue to call for independent investigations into officer involved shootings.”

In a statement, the department said officers responded to a 911 call shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday from a caller who said a man recently tried to kill him and that the person had come back with a knife. The caller reported that the man was “threatening to harm him again,” according to police.

Officers arrived in Maryvale, a neighborhood just northwest of Phoenix’s downtown area, where the victim “pointed out a specific home” and alleged the suspect was there, the department said. When the officers got closer to the residence, they noticed a man sitting in a car parked in the driveway. Authorities said the officers then started talking to the man, explaining they were investigating the alleged assault.

But the situation appeared to take a turn when they told the man to get out of the car.

“At this point, he refused, instead rolling up his window and arming himself with a handgun,” the department said, alleging that the man ignored commands from officers to put down the gun and started to lift the weapon.

After one of the officers “saw the gun pointed at a fellow officer,” the confrontation swiftly escalated, police said. An officer broke the passenger window in an attempt to distract the man while two others fired into the car.

The man was later transported to the hospital and pronounced dead. Authorities noted no other civilians or officers were injured. It remains unclear whether the man in the car was the suspect identified by the person who called 911.

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