Florence man fatally shot by Apache Junction police is ID’d

March 10, 2020 GMT

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — A man killed by Apache Junction police has been identified as an 82-year-old Florence resident, authorities said Monday.

Apache Junction police said officers responded to a fitness center around 3 a.m. Sunday because several people were illegally camping in the gym’s parking lot.

When police arrived on the scene, they reported finding a man wearing a holstered handgun.

After the man failed to follow verbal commands, police say he pulled his handgun from the holster and Apache Junction officers fired their weapons.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the officers involved in the fatal shooting have been placed on administrative leave while the Arizona Department of Public Safety investigates.