Phoenix PD Fatally Shoots Man Who Stole BB Gun From Walmart

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With the possible exception of a squirt gun, pointing just about any type of gun at a police officer will get you shot.

That also goes for 39-year-old Chuckie Stowers, whom police say was shot and killed by Phoenix Police Department officers after pointing a BB gun -- which Stowers allegedly was in the process of stealing from a Walmart store -- at cops.

Phoenix police Sergeant Trent Crump says a Walmart security worker called police on Saturday afternoon, reporting that he'd just watched Stowers on a store camera using a 4- or 5-inch blade to take a BB gun out of its packaging.

The security worker at the store -- around 52nd Avenue and Indian School -- saw Stowers place that BB gun inside a red jacket, which was inside a shopping cart Stowers was pushing around the store.

After police responded to the store, and watched that security footage, officers met Stowers, 39, at one of the store's entrance/exit doors.

Crump says police tried to approach him and yelled commands at him to stop, show his hands, and put his hands on his head. Crump says Stowers "made several furtive movements with his hands toward the front of his waistband" before he pulled out a black pistol, and pointed it at police officers.

Multiple officers fired at Stowers, who later died at St. Joe's Hospital.

Crump tells New Times that the pistol pointed at officers was indeed the pistol-style BB gun Stowers had just stolen.

No police officers were injured throughout the incident.

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kheade
kheade

So the cops get called to a WalMart for a guy stealing a BB gun, shoot the guy dead because he has a BB gun, and then are surprised to learn he has a BB gun?  

Joe Ploskonka
Joe Ploskonka

He was stealing something and he was shot? GOOD. Give him CPR, bring him back to life, and then shoot him again.

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

Easkey. There is no such thing as shooting to WOUND. Thats Hollywood! You bet your ass they were shooting to kill. Thats the ONLY time they are authorized to shoot. In fact, they train extensively on how to determine when deadly force is authorized..and where to aim. The REASON you only shoot to kill is because even the best marksman aiming for a non deadly area can miss that spot and kill someone. A gun ALWAYS has the potential to kill, therefore you only use it if the threat warrants it. I would say someone who was non compliant and then spins around with a GUN in his hand EASILY fits the profile for use of deadly force (to repel deadly force) on the force continium! This is an open and shut case! Now, had he spun around with 1 of those brite orange nerf guns I may feel differently..but as it was, he intentionally and knowingly spun around and drew on someone with a bb gun that he KNEW looked real. Dumb, dumb move! btw the fact that it was a cop who shot him is irrelevent. You, I or the next guy would have been authorized to use deadly force as well.

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

Tanner. They ARENT for people who pull what appears to be a gun! Dont forget, it was only found to be a BB gun AFTER the fact. Thats why only an idiot would pull something made to look like a gun but isnt on someone who has a real gun. You are begging to get shot. In fact, that is such an obviously stupid thing to do I can only suspect he WANTED to die!

Easkey Stewart
Easkey Stewart

Phoenix is not a disciplined Police Force - too many thugs are entertained! Hence the shootings to kill.

Laura Dippold Negrete
Laura Dippold Negrete

BB gun, squirt gun. I'm tired of jokesters. Not funny. I'm with the cop on this one.

Aleks ARmandp
Aleks ARmandp

There's good cops and there's those with questionable reputation. Then there's bad cops. Get over it.

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

Tyburn. All you have provided is a handful of articles and some anti cop blogs..oh and an unrelated history lesson. There are 100's of articles per DAY that say things like. "cops arrest armed gunman" "Cop arrests man for beating his wife" "cops foil bank robbery" "cops arrest murder suspect".. Im sure you dont recall seeing anything like that or will claim they are all bs so i didnt bother flooding you with the avalanche! Doesnt mean you scored a victory. Just means im not prepared to waste my day arguing with an asshole!

Scot Koontz
Scot Koontz

Tyburn, you tube videos aren't facts, you really have nothing to justify anything you said, not petty theft, views on walmart, black killings...Have you looked at Chicago, blacks are killing blacks in the street, over 500 of them last year alone...what facts support your stances that it's ok? Ok to kill, ok to steal, ok to do anything that WE THE PEOPLE have deemed unacceptable behavior and created laws out there and have people to protect those values?? Not a think... what if someone poisons yer dogs? Still gonna not call the PO LEESE? Just gonna handle it yourself huh? Let us know how that works out

Scot Koontz
Scot Koontz

Tyburn?? This rant is all for you. Seriously, you compare a roofers life to a cops? A roofer doesn't defend or protect our freedoms from criminals, or has that changed? We don't cry at a roofers death, but when we hear about it on the news we think, "wow, that is horrible" or something equal.. When cops pull someone over, they don't know if they are going to get a drivers license or a 45 in their faces... Roofers and construction workers in general, don't protect us. Should we sue them and talk crap about them if a roof fails that they build? LOL...Hell, we do... You've also wholeheartedly said that it's ok to steal from WalMart, cuz they are this big company? Last time I checked, stealing is theft, no matter how you want to justify it. and for the record, NO ONE is loving Walmart here...Theft costs us all something...so while one person gets free stuff from their theft of a Walmart, grocery store, jewelry store or whatever, we, the paying customers incur higher prices...all so you can get something for FREE. You really think people don't cry at the death of a roofer because they are non white or anti immigrant? LMAO Again, roofers don't protect us from harm. Hello, knowing the history doesn't escape the facts, without them we'd all live in chaos. If you want NO police, then EVERYONE needs to stop committing crimes, on all levels...I dream of a day when we have so few cops because we have no need for them, and maybe they are just writing up driving and parking violations...But we can't get there when folks like yourself say stealing is A OK! Furthermore, you are pasting in YOU TUBE posts and calling them FACTS?? I think you've tipped your hand sir, and showed everyone reading that you are truly, I'll be nice, not well informed. With that said, how can we blame you, that you feel that way? I think you probably coulda used a few more hugs as a child and a few less people urging you on that stealing and who knows what other crimes are justifiable. And why are you always bringing race into this? Is anyone here saying how many white people, Hispanic people or whomever have died by cops since whenever??? IF you looked at the facts of most of what that paste is saying, they were probably committing a crime, brandished a weapon or the appearance of one, and got killed...because they were stupid... What does police domestic violence have to do with any of this? Cops are people, and people commit domestic abuse and violence daily. Again, this goes back to what i said earlier, you want cops to go away, stop committing crimes, and this goes for everyone on the planet and all those who feel that way... What Gary said, don't EVER call them, EVER...when atrocities happen to you, don't EVER call them, just handle it yourself, go against what the majority of people have said, which is that the cops handle it, and see if you don't become a victim of your own beliefs. Some one kills, say yer mom, and you decide to go after that person...but you are targeting the wrong person and the police catch up to you before you commit that revenge killing...but you try to justify yourself, then point the weapon at them, and you yourself are killed, yeah, good plan Tyburn, good luck with that...

Justin Yentes
Justin Yentes

Seriously. The question wasn't even regarding how dangerous police work is, or any sort of racial motivation. I've found it's just better to block people like than, than to listen to their ridiculous arguments.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Thumbs up to police for shooting this worthless piece of shit.

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

I want to note how I am the only one who has provided statistics here. And lots of them. And history as well. Meanwhile, just a bunch of whining and cop-worshipping going on from everyone else. I really enjoy those moments when someone asserts something they think is so obviously true and yet they can't find a single fact to back it up. Quite amusing. Lol!

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

Justin. NOW you show up with your brilliant advice. I coulda used it an hour ago! haha I get sucked in far to often. I just hope he never calls 911 when he needs help.

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

Most of what cops do is issue tickets, arrest DUIs, round up poor people who use drugs, deport people, do paperwork, protect billionaire Wal-Mart heirs from petty thieves. They very rarely do anything that stops violence. And they initiate a whole hell of a lot of it.

Justin Yentes
Justin Yentes

Neve argue with an Internet troll or a Phoenix anarchist. Those are words to live by Gary.

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

Just be sure you never ever ever call them Tyburn! Not when your car is stolen, not when someone breaks into your mothers house, not when someone beats your kid with a bat on the corner. Dont do it smart guy. They are not there for you.

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

Are you going to cite a fact or just blather on? So far I've provided plenty.

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

Check your facts idiot. "A cop is more likely to kill you than save you" How many innocent people per day are killed by cops? How many violent people do they remove from the streets per day? I know its hard to quantify (especially for you) that removing an asshole from the streets today, probably saved a couple lives 5 years from now but thats how it works.

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

A cop has never come between an asshole and a gun and me. So I don't know what you're talking about. In fact, if you know anything about the police, that is very, very rare. A cop is way more likely to shoot you than save you.

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

Just so you know. A roofer doesnt get up in the morning prepared to jump between you and an asshole with a gun. Its just not something in a roofers job discription. A roofer isnt who you call when you need the drunken neighbor to stop beating his girlfriend. Its not a roofing company dispatching a guy with a hammer when a banks silent alarm goes off. The roofer will NOT investigate to find your dead loved ones killer. I am in NO way deminishing the job of a roofer. In fact, i did it as a summer job. It SUCKED! But who are you kidding with your crap..really?

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

First, I assume since you have not provided facts to dispute my claim (backed up by citation) that being a cop isn't even dangerous that you do not disagree. So, moving on to your point, I wonder do you even know the history of the police? Do you know where they come from? In the US it's from the need to put down strikes and from slave patrols. Are we surprised then that they are a racist, classist institution? They defend the class line and color line. That's their prime function. Also, you do know that there haven't always been police, right?

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

Tyburn. You are an idiot and a fool! Tell me wise ol brainy one. What do YOU think happens if all police departments were shut down? How does Tyburn envision the country would be 3 months later?

Justin Yentes
Justin Yentes

People need to know that if you point a gun at a cop (or anyone for that matter), the result is 180 grains of lead coming at you at 1,200 fps.

Angie Rivera
Angie Rivera

It was a separate incident, but a cop got shoot TWICE on Sunday near Christown Spectrum Mall and people are not saying anything about that particular incident.

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

God forbid something get stolen from the Walton family.

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

He's protecting Wal-Mart property. All of a sudden everyone loves Wal-Mart. Lol!

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@Alejandro Arredondo Are you trying to tell us which type of cop was the one that shot the guy stealing the bb gun?

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@Tyburn Gallows Do you really believe the crap you post?  It sounds like a typical whining Liberal!  

 Oh, poor us.  We are targeted by the po-po.

Oh, poor us.  The po-po all beat thems wifes, but throw us in da jail.

Be a man, and grow a pair of friggin' balls, Tyburn!  You pay for your screwups, just like everyone else does.  Don't try to hide behind your ignorance as an excuse to try and get away with any crime.  The cops do not make the laws, they just have to enforce them, whether you, or they, like it or not.

What kind of a name is Tyburn, anyway?


bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@Tyburn Gallows You provide links, not proof. The links are of stories, not proven cases.

Again...grow up and get a pair of balls, Tyburn!

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@Tyburn Gallows Is this all you do all day?  You just sit around in your Section 8  housing looking for articles about how minorities die?  Are you wanting to become a statistic, or an advocate?

Trayvon may well have been killed in a lawful manner, so strike that link. Yes, you are more likely to be killed by the police than by a terrorist as we have more police out there than they do.  Go to Tel Aviv and see if your numbers are still viable.

You really sound like a little, whining prick who has been told by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton that you are worthless because of your color, not because of your ignorance. Try reading some other sources of news and information.

What kind of person names his kid, of either sex, Tyburn?

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@Tyburn Gallows Well, Tyburn.  There have always been assholes, so I would have to assume that the police were created to control them.

Do you wake up each day feeling like you are just in for another 24 hours of being picked on? What makes your day special?  What makes you happy (if anything)?

You really sound like a miserable little troll, living in a frightening world without any personal defense.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@Tyburn Gallows How many of those jobs showed deaths caused in the defense of the general public? Roofers die from stupidity or careless maneuvers.  It is not quite the same things as dying while trying to stop a domestic violence incident between two people you have never met.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@Tyburn Gallows The Walton family are all from Arkansas, and you know what they think of a dumbass like you, doncha?

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