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Man dead after shooting involving Mesa police

The shooting happened near the intersection of University Drive and Dobson Road, the Mesa Police Department said.

MESA, Ariz. — A man is dead after a police shooting in Mesa, the city's police department said.

The shooting happened early Tuesday morning near the intersection of University Drive and Dobson Road, the department said. 

Police said they were called to the area around 3:15 a.m. in reference to a family fight. The caller said her son, later identified as Brian Schneider, 36, was at her home being confrontational and may be armed with a handgun.

When officers arrived, they found Schneider outside his parent’s home and officers began to give him verbal commands. Police said Schneider ignored commands and pointed what officers believed to be a handgun into the air before lowering it and pointing it in the direction of the officers.  

Police said two officers fired their duty weapons, striking Schneider who was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigators said during the course of the investigation, a handgun was recovered near Schneider. This handgun was later determined to be a replica handgun.  

No officers were injured during this incident, according to police.

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