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2 men die at family dispute with weapons where shooting by Phoenix police occurred

Mike Cruz Arizona Republic

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Two men died at a family dispute where at least one person was armed and a shooting by Phoenix police officers happened Tuesday night, police officials revealed Wednesday.

Officers were sent about 8:45 p.m. to a residence in the area of Indian School Road and 22nd Street for a welfare check during the dispute, according to a Phoenix police news release. 

A woman called 911 and reported that she was barricaded in her room because her adult son was acting strange and she was afraid.

When the officers got to the home, a woman came out of the home and told police her two sons in their 40s were inside yelling and one had a rifle, according to the release.

Officers surrounded the home and saw two armed men inside. The men went into the backyard, and officers gave them verbal commands. One of the men was armed with a rifle, the release stated.

Both men continued to argue with each other, and the man with the rifle pointed it at officers as well as his brother, according to the news release.

Two police officers fired their guns at the armed man, the news release stated. 

Both men, ages 43 and 44,  were shot, according to police. Fire crews pronounced one of the men dead at the location. The other man was taken to a hospital and died.

Police found a rifle and a BB gun resembling a firearm in the residence.

Of the two officers who fired their guns, both were 27 years old with four years and 3.5 years of service.

No officers were injured. An investigation is still underway.

Police did not identify anyone involved in the shooting.

Law enforcement officers have shot at least 40 people in Maricopa County so far this year, according to data from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.