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Phoenix police release footage of fatal officer-involved shooting at apartment complex

When police arrived near 52nd Street and Thomas Road, they saw a man on the second floor of the complex who was holding a gun.

PHOENIX — New body-worn camera footage shows the moments before Phoenix police fatally shot a domestic violence suspect last month at an apartment complex. 

Officers had been called out to an apartment near 52nd Street and Thomas Road around 5:20 p.m. on June 27 after neighbors reported hearing fighting between a man and woman. 

The call was initially canceled after 911 operators were told by a caller that the presence of law enforcement might make the "situation worse." But officers eventually arrived at the complex after a second 911 call was made. 

When police arrived, they saw a man on the second floor of the complex who was holding a gun, and an officer fired at him, according to the Phoenix Police Department. 

Residents of the complex can be seen taking cover as the officers start firing multiple rounds from the ground floor, according to the camera footage. One of the complex's residents allegedly told police that the suspect had been pointing a gun at them.  

The suspect then ran inside an apartment where officers ordered him to surrender.

When he was taken into custody, police saw that he was wounded, and police say he was given medical care.

Police say he later died from his injuries. He's been identified as Rakim Durham.

Credit: Phoenix Police
Credit: Phoenix Police

A woman and two children were also inside the apartment but they were not injured. 

Police have not yet said whether the handgun found in the suspect's apartment was loaded or if the man verbally threatened police before he was shot.

No one else was hurt during the June 27 incident.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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