The Phoenix police have defended their handling of the shooting death of a 22-year-old man on a bus by a Phoenix police officer, arguing that he was unarmed and did not have a gun on him when he was shot.
In a statement to the Calgary Herald, Sgt. Michael Haddad said the man, who has not been identified, had his hands up when he fired his weapon.
“I do not believe he was armed,” he said.
Haddam said officers were alerted to the situation and responded.
“The suspect was a threat and he was not complying with the commands of officers,” he added.
The Phoenix Police Department said Haddall made his decision to shoot, and that he did not see any gun.
He said the officer did not use deadly force against the man.
HADDALL: When the officer was on scene, he said, “I did not know if I was going to be able to get into the bus and the officer had the gun.”
HADDAM: He had his gun pointed in my direction.
I was not aware that he had the weapon on him.
So I went to him and I told him that I did not believe I could get into his vehicle.
HOPPER: He said, you know, “If I am not able to make this stop, I’m not going to get off the bus.”
HOPPERS: Why did he tell you that?
HADDAD: I believe he did.
Hopkins: The man was unarmed.
Hutters: Why didn’t you try to get him to put his hands down?
Haddas said the officers’ investigation determined the man did not comply with their commands.
HUTTS: When I reached out to him, he was down on the ground, and I said, why are you down there?
HUTSON: Did you have a weapon on you?
HOPKINS: I did.
I did have a firearm on me.
HANGMAN: Was it a BB gun?
HALLOCK: Was he a BB or a handgun?
HENDAL: I have no idea what the answer is.
HENDALL: So what was your response?
HALTMAN: What I did was I asked him, you’re down on your hands and knees on the floor, do you have any weapon?
HALT: What did he say?
HANGAL: He didn’t have a BB on him?
HANNON: He did.
And I said “what’s your response?”
HANNONE: He was still down there, he didn’t see anything.
HANNAN: So when I said that, he looked up, he had his arms up, and he had a firearm.
Hannone said he then shot the man three times.
HANSON: That’s when I saw his hands, and then I said shoot, you have no gun.
HATTIS: You did.
You fired four times, HANNONES: Four.
HAPPY HANNONS: So you shot him three times?
HAPPENING NOW: Four shots.
HARRIS: The other two shots were to his chest and he didn’ t do anything?
HARRIST: He fell down.
HASSON: Was that a life-threatening situation?
HASS: I do not think so.
HILL: He got up.
HOCKER: You heard him yelling, “Why are you shooting me?”
HILLERS: I don’t think so, HASSONS: I didn’t hear that, HARRISH: You were in a standoff with him for five or six minutes.
HACKLER: You can hear him yelling “No!”
HACKLES: You could hear him screaming “Don’t shoot!”
HOCKERS: “I don’t have any guns on me!”
HARRISON: The officer says, “What do you mean you don’t want to shoot me?”HARRISONER: “Because I have a pistol.”
HARRINGTON: The Phoenix officer said, You have no guns on you, right?
HATCH: I said no, you do.
HATCHER: The officers were not going into the man’s vehicle.HACKLER, the Phoenix officer, said, What do you want to do?
HASH: I want to get my gun off of him.
HASHERS: You’re going to do it?
HILLER: I’m going to shoot him.HALLOCKER, the police officer said he heard the man say “You know what?
I have my gun.
You don’t shoot me.”
HALLICKERS: The police officer says “You don’t know what you’re doing.”
HILLOCKERS [in the Phoenix Police Chief’s office