SURPRISE, Ariz. — Surprise police have identified a man killed in a shooting involving officers in Surprise Tuesday afternoon.
The shooting happened shortly after noon in a Walmart parking lot near Bell Road and Grand Avenue, according to the Surprise Police Department.
Officers received a call from a retail employee about an unwanted guest, later identified as Joseph Martin, 28, in the parking lot of the store.
The employee said Martin was trespassing and gave police a description of him.
The employee asked officers to "remove Martin from the premises based on the employee’s previous contact with Martin," according to police.
When officers approached Martin's vehicle, they found him in the back seat and he began yelling.
Police said officers asked Martin "to leave the property numerous times."
Other police units were called to the scene after "Martin had repeatedly failed to comply with the order to leave."
He was warned he would be arrested, according to police.
Police said, "Martin became increasingly loud, belligerent, and uncooperative" when officers attempted to arrest him.
According to police, officers attempted to get Martin out of the vehicle.
That's when police said Martin yelled, "I have a gun," and reached under a pile of items in the back seat.
Police said an officer then shot Martin. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A loaded pistol was found in the right pocket of Martin's pants, according to police.
There were no injuries to any officers nor outstanding suspects and no threat to the community.
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