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Person of interest in shooting death shot, killed by Phoenix police

The Phoenix Police Department said the unidentified suspect was shot and killed at an apartment complex near 19th and Dunlap avenues.

PHOENIX — A man who was identified as a person of interest in a shooting death was shot and killed by police in Phoenix early Thursday.

The Phoenix Police Department said the suspect was shot and killed at an apartment complex near 19th and Dunlap avenues.

Police got 911 calls of two men yelling in the area followed by a gunshot around 3:40 a.m. When officers arrived, a man was found dead.

Police on Friday identified the man found dead as 30-year-old Demeatris Roberson. 

During their search for a suspect, the officers were directed to an apartment with several people inside, police said.

Several people inside cooperated with the police and exited the apartment, but when officers went inside, they say the suspect started firing at them, striking a K9 officer named Dennis.

Police then left the apartment, and authorities say the man came out armed and that’s when five officers fired, killing him.

The suspect in the police shooting has been identified as 42-year-old Maurice Jackson.

The K9 unit was the only officer injured. He’s expected to make a full recovery.

Police say Roberson and Jackson are known to each other, and had an ongoing dispute. 

The investigation is ongoing, but police at this time say Jackson is a strong person of interest in the murder of Roberson.

Watch the full Phoenix Police Department update here.