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Phoenix police bringing in FBI for civil rights review of deadly shooting of James Garcia

James Garcia was shot and killed by Phoenix police officers in a driveway on July 4. Now, the FBI will conduct an independent civil rights review.

PHOENIX — Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams announced Tuesday that the department is bringing in the FBI for help investigating a July 4 officer-involved shooting where officers shot and killed James Garcia, who was in a car in a driveway.

"I am announcing today that I have asked the FBI to conduct an independent civil rights review into the July 4, 2020, officer-involved shooting at 56th Avenue & Glenrosa," Williams wrote in a release. "This incident has gained wide-spread attention within our community and across the country."

As the FBI conducts an independent civil rights investigation, the Phoenix Police Department Professional Standards Bureau will do an internal investigation while the homicide division conducts the criminal investigation.

The officers involved were identified Thursday night as Noel Trevino and Gregory Wilson.

While redacted body camera video edited by the department was made available on Monday from an officer not involved in the shooting, Williams says more body camera video will be released within a 10 to 14-day window. 

The shooting happened around 1 p.m. in west Phoenix at a home near 56th and Glenrosa avenues.

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.

Credit: Garcia Family

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.

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