PHOENIX — Phoenix police fatally shot a man at a shopping mall Monday evening after he entered the food court area armed with a gun.
Police were called to the Metro Center mall just before 6 p.m. by security officers, who had been alerted to the armed man by a shopper, Detective Stacie Derge said.
Officers approached the man and told him not to move, but he reached for the gun in his waistband, Derge said. One of the officers grabbed the man and tried to control him, but he continued to struggle and pulled the gun from his waistband.
That’s when other officers opened fire, hitting the man several times in the torso, Derge said. The unidentified man died shortly after arrival at a Phoenix hospital.
Derge said the food court area was full of diners but that no one else was injured.