Scottsdale Cop Shoots, Kills 72-Year-Old Preston Phillips

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A 72-year-old man was shot and killed by Scottsdale police Wednesday in the department's second fatal officer-involved shooting this month.

Preston Phillips Jr. was shot by the officer around 6 p.m. after, police say, Phillips drove up next to the officer, pulled a handgun out of his holster, and "display[ed] it in a threatening manner."

See also:
-Thomas Hawes Fatally Shot by Scottsdale Cops; Five Detectives on Leave
-Scottsdale Police Department Has Quite a Shooting Problem, ACLU Alleges
-David Hulstedt Shot in Back, Then Dragged 400 Feet on Knees by Scottsdale Police
-James Peters, Scottsdale Cop With Six Kills, Approved for Retirement

According to the Scottsdale PD, a woman called police Wednesday about a dispute with her neighbor off Pima Road between Thomas and Indian School roads.

The woman said she just had an argument with the neighbor, apparently about his repeatedly parking his car illegally.

An officer showed up, talked to the woman, and wrote up a citation for the neighbor's truck, which was illegally parked on the sidewalk.

Then, an SUV pulled up to the officer, who went around to the driver's-side window.

As he approached the window, the officer saw the man, later identified as Phillips, pull a pistol from the holster and "display it in a threatening manner," according to police.

The cop, seven-year veteran Officer Nathan Mullins, stepped back and fired multiple shots into the SUV.

More officers arrived by the time police approached the SUV, in which Phillips was dead with his handgun on his lap, police say.

Police believe Phillips never fired the weapon.

Scottsdale police didn't immediately respond to our question of who owns the ticketed truck parked on the sidewalk, but County property records show that Phillips does own a house on that street.

UPDATE: Police say the truck is owned by Phillips' son.

Mullins was placed on leave, as is typically the case in officer-involved shootings.

Earlier this month, 45-year-old Thomas Hawes -- who was wanted for questioning in sex crimes -- was shot by Scottsdale police after being confronted by five detectives. Police said he pointed a gun at himself, then pointed it at the detectives and fired one round. The detectives fired back, killing Hawes.

Police said that the five detectives involved in the shooting also were placed on leave, which is consistent with Scottsdale PD policy.

In September, the Scottsdale PD was targeted with a lawsuit from the ACLU for a department shooting in which former Officer James Peters notched his sixth kill. The ACLU alleged that the Scottsdale PD heads pretty much have a policy of "rubber-stamping" officer-involved shootings as justified.

A little more than a year ago, police responded to John Loxas' home, and he answered the door with his grandson in his arms. He was not armed, but Officer Peters shot him in the forehead, killing him instantly. No other officer fired a shot.

ACLU representatives compared that to the 2008 shooting of David Hulstedt, who was shot, handcuffed, and dragged about 400 feet by Scottsdale cops, in an incident that was captured on videos (linked above).

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Fact: Cowards Shoot First

hth

Bort-LongYear
Bort-LongYear

Facts as Bort see it:  1.  Don't F around with Mother nature i.e., F with a Great White Shark and you will get eaten--hike in the desert sun at 115 with flip-flops and a bottle of water; most likely you will die of dehydration.  2.  Screw with the IRS and they will take all of your hard earned$$.  3.  Rattlesnakes and rabid dogs will bite the shit of you--kill'em or just leave them alone.  4.  Electricity is dangerous.  Learn about it or hire someone who knows about it before wiring your house.  5.  Pull a GUN on a LAW ENFORCMENT OFFICER; odds are you will be met instantly with overwhelming deadly gun fire.  Simple logic.  Use IT. 


TeaPublican
TeaPublican

Look folks, now that most of us are "packing a weapon", if anyone pulls up to another car and shows a weapon they ARE going to get blown away!  In this day and age it's best to keep your weapon.....in your pants I guess.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

SPD doesnt exactly have a great track record...id be suspicious of anything they do..they racial profile, attack cuffed suspects, the usual abuse..

JustDoIt
JustDoIt

MULTIPLE shots, in other words with full intent to KILL a civilian who did not fire his weapon, nor point his weapon at the officer, it is legal to carry a firearm, and hold a firearm in AZ without permit but apparently police feel owning or having one on your person, or even holding it warrants being murdered. How often is it that a civilian has even attempted or fired a round at an officer and killed them? yet count the number of times just having a firearm has warranted multiple shots fired and the death of a civilian.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@david_saint01 Are you suspicious of the manner in which the events occurred?  You should recognize that if it played out in the manner written above, the shoot is legit.

squash
squash

@david_saint01 I totally agree w/ you. The officers of SPD have proven to be a trigger-happy bunch.

azlefty
azlefty

@JustDoIt  Yes Multiple shots you fucktard, you shoot until the  threat is Nuetralized .

 Also he was BRANDISHING his weapon not just holdibgf  you as you claim.  Even I a dumbshit citizned would have put a couple in him if I puleed up and he pulled his gun out and started waving  it around!  

 Tell me does the  stupid hurt?

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@squash @david_saint01 I don't know.  I've lived in Scottsdale for 15 years and have never been shot at by SPD.  Then again, I don't usually pull a gun on officers so I guess I have that going for me.

JustDoIt
JustDoIt

@azlefty @JustDoIt So glad you said it that way and you would do wel to read 2008 changes in the CCW. AZ law " if you find yourself in an altercation that may turn physical, not necessarily deadly, state law will now allow you to touch, grab or hold a gun with the intention of letting the other person know you have it.". Now back to you doing what the officer did. YOU would be in jail now, with bubba looking forward to trial and death row or life. The OFFICER is having a beer at home in his lazy boy watching sports on paid vacation.@azlefty @JustDoIt

JustDoIt
JustDoIt

@azlefty @JustDoIt So glad you said it that way and you would do wel to read 2008 changes in the CCW. AZ law " if you find yourself in an altercation that may turn physical, not necessarily deadly, state law will now allow you to touch, grab or hold a gun with the intention of letting the other person know you have it.". Now back to you doing what the officer did. YOU would be in jail now, with bubba looking forward to trial and death row or life. The OFFICER is having a beer at home in his lazy boy watching sports on paid vacation.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@squash @JohnQ.Public Oh, and by the way, brandishing a gun at cops will likely got you seriously injured or killed....don't do it.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Oh, and I never told you what you could or could not post. I posted my perspective - Don't brandish a gun at cops. You posted your perspective - cops are evil pigs. I get it, but I never told you what you could or could not post. In fact just the opposite, I solicited info fom you (stats on civilians killed). Sorry if your inability to get past my "arrogance" got in the way of you understanding and recognizing that.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@squash @JohnQ.Public I believe the stats only included what the FBI called felonious deaths but I didn't have time to explore that definition

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@squash @JohnQ.Public Do you deny that the LAPD was seriously outgunned and overwhelmed by a mere two suspects in N Hollywood? They almost got their collective ass kicked. They couldn't even rescue their own injured officers. It's silly to suggest otherwise.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@squash @JohnQ.Public I don't now if stats about people killed by LEO are hard to find. I just had a couple moments yesterday so I didn't have time to look very long. They maybe easy to find for all I know and I jut didn't get to them.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@squash @JohnQ.Public Thanks. I am an arrogant prick but not a douchebag. Just wanted to be clear on that. Your analogy is a false one. The police get called to scenes of trouble and strife. They come into a situation that has a higher probability than not of having violence associated. Conversely, I avoid scenes of violence and strife so the odds of me encountering violence are significantly reduced. Just lie the odds of my getting hit by a car are significantly reduced if I don't play in traffic. Take that woman who was killed last work by the (alleged) drunk driving attorney. Had she not laid down in the middle of the road she probably would have reduced the likelihood of being hit and killed. But, officers are called to situations that are tense or violent or where something bad is/has occurred. Therefore to compare the likelihood of me encountering violence and a LEO encountering violenceis a false comparison.

squash
squash

@JohnQ.Public And just so you know JQP, despite me calling you prick and a douchebag, I actually agree with the majority of your posts on the PNT comment section - you're a good writer (if you can call commenting on an article "writing") and you bring up some good points. I'm sure we can agree in the future about other issues.

squash
squash

@JohnQ.Public Eight out of 100,000 police officers are killed (violently) in the line of duty (that's a .009% chance). So, that's 99,992 police officers that will NOT be killed violently in the line of duty. Using you logic ("I've lived in Scottsdale for 15 years and have never been shot at by SPD"), those other 99,992 officers have no right to think they will die in the line of duty or even be scared because the vast, vast majority of violence aimed at police officers doesn't actually happen to most of them. Here's your stats/source, you condescending prick - http://mynorthwest.com/75/427183/How-dangerous-is-it-to-be-a-police-officer ( It might just be me, but perhaps you shouldn't talk down to posters/tell them how/what to post on the forum, you just come across as an arrogant douchebag).

squash
squash

@JohnQ.Public @squash Odd, stats to see how many people are killed by police officers are hard to come by. Why is it that the FBI keeps stats on how many police officers are killed, but not on how many civilians are killed by police officers?

squash
squash

@JohnQ.Public I was waiting for that: the big bad scary threat used to condone the militarization of police (North Hollywood bank robbery, Adam Lanza, James Holmes). To be honest, I'm surprised that you didn't bring up "the terrorists" too in your effort to explain/justify police militarization.

squash
squash

@JohnQ.Public Do your stats include officers killed from non-violent deaths while on duty? 

JustDoIt
JustDoIt

@JohnQ.Public @squash See wikipedia "List of killings by law enforcement officers in the United States" there is also statistics kept since 1994, oh BTW its going up while LEO is going down

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@squash I tried to find similar stats for civilians killed by police for the same years but couldn't find them.  I'd be interested to see them if you can locate them.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@squash  Bottom lines is, don't brandish a gun at a cop, don't play in traffic on the 101, don't hike Camelback in the middle of the day in July without water, don't drive through a raging wash in the middle of a monsoon...there are certain things that are going to get you seriously injured or killed. Don't do them. I'm not saying every shooting is justified. There are may be cops who may be too trigger happy - like the SPD officer with 7 kills who was recently retired so he wouldn’t be terminated (I believe), but that seems to me to be the exception not the norm.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@squash As for arguments about whether "society" or cops have become more violent, how about using actual stats.  Officers killed in line of duty last 10 years per FBI stats:

2002 – 56

2003 – 52

2004 – 57

2005 – 55

2008 – 41

209 – 48

2010 – 56

2011 - 72

A 30% jump in officer deaths from 2010 to 2011 and almost double 2008 - Yeah, if I'm an officer I'm worried about that.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@squash Police forces are becoming paramilitarized because the criminals they face are becoming paramilatized. The trend started with the North Hollywood bank robbery 15 years ago when the cops had to go into neighborhood gun stores to ask to borrow high caliber weapons to protect themselves in a shootout with bank robbers in full body armor and assault-style weapons. Fast forward 15 years and you have Adam Lanza and James Holmes blowing away theaters and schools with the same thing. If I'm a cop - hell yeah I want comparable fire power and if that means becoming "para-militarized" then I guess that is the result.

squash
squash

@yourproductsucks I agree with you that not every cop related shooting is unjustified or a "bad one." However, SPD has had some questionable shootings lately. You can't blame some people for being a tad bit iffy about them when it comes to a new officer related shooting. Police shootings, as well as other uses of force by police deserve the scrutiny they get. Any institution that is vested with the power of authority should be watched with a close eye to make sure they're not abusing the power/authority that they possess. As for your implication that there are more officer shootings now because "society is a much more violent lot", I could just as well argue that the American police force is becoming more violent, not society, and that it is officer related violence and police brutality that is becoming more commonplace. If I couple that with the fact that domestic police forces across the U.S. are becoming more and more para-militarized, I think it makes for a pretty strong argument. 

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@squash nor does it mean that every shooting is a bad one simply because the department has been involved in multiple incidents recently. 

As a whole, society is becoming a much more violent lot.  Officer involved shootings are becoming commonplace.

squash
squash

@JohnQ.Public That doesn't mean that SPD doesn't have a problem with excessive use of force/officer involved shootings. Your view is understandable though; it's quite easy not to care about or to dismiss things that don't affect you.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@JustDoIt Right, I make it a habit not to wave guns at cops.  I also don't play on the freeway.  There are certain things that will get you killed.  Don't do them.

JustDoIt
JustDoIt

@JohnQ.Public @squash @david_saint01 Ever had a firearm on your person either, or maybe even had one in your hand when an officer walks your way, probably not because your writing this. Since when was it legal to murder someone who has a firearm in AZ?

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