Police said Wednesday Officer Kyle Kinneman, 28, who started with the department in December 2010, has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation. This is standard police procedure following a shooting.
A statement released on Tuesday by Chandler Police said, "The officer's actions were based on the fear of imminent death or serious injury upon himself and any innocent bystanders in the surrounding area. The outcome of this incident is tragic, and its result weighs heavily on all those involved.
The man Kinneman shot, Adam Buckner, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene in the 5000 block of West Jupiter Way near a greenbelt area after the officer and emergency crews from the Chandler Fire Department tried to revive him, according to police.
Kinneman was not injured.
Police responded to the scene about 6 p.m. Monday after a man called 911 to report that his neighbor pointed a gun at him and fled the area on a bicycle.
"The man pointed the gun at his neighbor, and that's what prompted the call," said Detective Seth Tyler, a Chandler police spokesman. "The neighbor was sitting in his driveway, and the man walked up to him and pointed his gun at him."
After police arrived in the neighborhood where the man was seen, the suspect returned once on his bicycle and fled a second time. About an hour after the man with the gun was reported, he again was located and tried to run from police.
During the foot chase, the subject stopped and challenged the officer with a firearm. The officer drew his weapon, fired and shot him. The man then fell to the ground where police immediately closed in. Police and emergency crews tried lifesaving measures on him.