Man shot dead by police while sitting in parked car in Phoenix

PHOENIX — A man has died after an officer-involved shooting in Phoenix on Saturday afternoon, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

The 28-year-old man, identified as James Garcia, was shot and killed inside his vehicle parked in his driveway on Saturday. 

According to a statement issued by the police, the man was fatally shot by officers after responding to a call about an aggravated assault. The caller said a man who tried to kill him last week came back with a knife, threatening to hurt him again.

The caller gave police the location of the home where he said the suspect was located. As officers approached the home, they found a man sitting in a car in the driveway.

According to Phoenix Police, officers told the man to exit the vehicle but he refused and instead armed himself with a handgun. He ignored officers’ commands to drop the gun.

As he began to lift the gun, one officer broke the car’s passenger window to distract the man while two other officers fired into the vehicle, police said. 

The suspect was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries. No officers were injured in the shooting, and both officers were wearing body cameras, police said.

According to a woman claiming to be Garcia’s sister, Jacqueline Fernandez, the police mistakenly identified him as the suspect after finding him at the reported location.

“They thought he was someone else. After they killed my brother they found the suspect they were looking for it was nothing to do with my brother,” she wrote, before adding that she and her mother were preparing to take legal action against the Phoenix Police Department.