PHOENIX — Authorities are is investigating after a man was shot and killed in a shooting involving MCSO deputies in Guadalupe Wednesday afternoon.
Officials said at approximately 1:30 p.m., deputies were called to the area of Avenida Del Yaqui and Calle Pitaya after an adult male was seen acting erratically, discharging a gun nearby, and moving in the direction of Frank Elementary School.
Deputies responded, and officials said the man took a stationary position on the front porch of a home near the north fence of the school.
MCSO said deputies, supported by the Department of Public Safety and Tempe police, launched a drone to get a visual of the man, and he fired multiple shots at the device.
MCSO and Tempe SWAT responded to establish a perimeter. The man pointed his weapon and fired at MCSO’s swat team who returned fire and killed the man. Officials said no deputies were injured.
“I heard the gunshots and walked outside,” said Ray Avena, who lives right next to the home where the man was shot. “The cops told me to leave the house, when I was leaving I just heard three pops.”
“They said he was putting his gun to his head and that there were cars passing by and he was pointing the guns at them,” said Avena.
Avena said nothing “to this level, especially on our block” had happened before.
According to the Tempe School District, Frank Elementary School was placed on a brief lockdown during the incident.
The school was hosting a water activity outside the building with kids when the shooting happened.
Officials said the students and staff remained safe and the lockdown was lifted without incident.
This is a developing story and updates will be published as they become available.
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