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Arizona police fatally shoot man in parking lot encounter

August 24, 2021 GMT

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) — Payson police fatally shot a 31-year-old New Mexico man who allegedly had forced a woman into a vehicle at gunpoint early Tuesday in a supermarket parking lot, the police chief said.

The 27-year-old woman got out of the vehicle and was being escorted to a police car when the shooting occurred after the man also got out of the vehicle, Police Chief Ronald Tischer said in a statement.

The man “turned towards officers and made a motion as if he was drawing a weapon from his waistband,” Tischer said.

Officers then shot the man when he disregarded commands to stop and show his hands, Tischer added.

No identities were released but Tischer told The Associated Press in an email that the man and woman were acquaintances.

Payson is 70 miles (112 kilometers) east of Phoenix.