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Phoenix police identify suspect killed in July 4 shooting, release edited video of aftermath

The shooting happened around 1 p.m. in west Phoenix at a home near 51st Avenue and Indian School Road.

PHOENIX — Phoenix police say a male suspect shot by officers in a driveway on Saturday has died from his injuries. 

The shooting happened around 1 p.m. in west Phoenix at a home near 51st Avenue and Indian School Road.

According to police, officers arrived just before 1 p.m. in response to a report from a caller who said a man had tried to kill him a week prior and the caller said the person responsible had returned with a knife and was threatening to harm him again. 

Police say the person who called directed officers to a home and said the suspect of the aggravated assault was there. Officers contacted several people inside the home and there was also a man in a vehicle parked in the home's driveway. 

The suspect was later identified as 28-year-old James Porter Garcia.

According to Phoenix PD, at some point, while officers were talking with Garcia in the driveway, he armed himself with a handgun. Officers instructed the man to get out of the vehicle and he refused and rolled up his window. Officers instructed Garcia to drop the handgun, but police say he would not drop the gun but began to lift it. As he did so, two officers fired their weapons into the vehicle at the suspect

New eyewitness video shows what was happening moments before the shooting.

Garcia was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Phoenix PD says there were two officers involved in the shooting and they were wearing body-worn cameras.

On Monday, the department released an edited video of an officer who was not involved in the shooting but removed a handgun from inside the vehicle.

Police have not released video from the perspective of the officers that fired.

A group of protesters gathered at Phoenix police's Maryvale precinct Monday afternoon to demand that the department release the full and unedited version of the incident.

This is a developing story. Tune into 12 News for the latest information.


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