Austin Del Castillo, Man Shot by Tempe Police on Mill Avenue, Dies

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Austin Del Castillo, the man shot by Tempe cops on Mill Avenue last week, died yesterday.

A police spokesman said Del Castillo, 36, was shot in front of the Chili's restaurant at Mill Avenue and University Drive -- a stone's throw from the edge of the Arizona State University campus -- on the morning of September 19 after lunging at officers with a box cutter.

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10 Mesa Cops Involved in Two Separate Shootings Over the Weekend

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A total of 10 Mesa police officers were involved in deadly shootings over the weekend.

Phoenix police say the 10 Mesa officers were involved in either of two shooting incidents, both of which occurred in Phoenix.

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Phoenix Cops Shoot at Man Threatening Officers With AK-47 (Airsoft Rifle), Police Say

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Russell McKinney almost lost his life because he threatened Phoenix police with an AK-47 -- even though the weapon turned out to be a toy airsoft gun, police say.

Just after 6 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a call because someone allegedly had broken the window of a home near 37th Avenue and Grovers. Two officers stepped out of the car and noticed the broken window and the front door open.

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Glendale Cop, His Dog, and Suspect All Get Shot; Cop Only One to Survive

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Glendale PD
Ronin, the Glendale Police Department K9.
An officer-involved shooting Thursday evening in Glendale left bullets in a police officer, his police dog, and the man they were tracking down.

Police spokesmen say they won't be releasing the identities of anyone involved until later today, but the dog and suspect both died, and the cop is in stable condition in a hospital.

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Luis Cardenas Drove Onto a Scottsdale Cop Car, Police Say, but (Narrowly) Avoided Being Shot

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Scottsdale PD
Luis Cardenas
Most of the time, things don't work out like they do in action movies, which apparently came as a surprise to 18-year-old Luis Cardenas this morning.

Cardenas, who allegedly started a car chase with the Phoenix PD a little before 1:30 a.m. today, ended up driving to Scottsdale and onto a Scottsdale police car, at which point Cardenas narrowly avoided being shot by an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer.

See also:
-Scottsdale Cop Shoots, Kills 72-Year-Old
-Thomas Hawes Fatally Shot by Scottsdale Cops
-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


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Scottsdale Cop's Fatal Shooting of 72-Year-Old Preston Phillips Caught on Camera

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KPHO
A Scottsdale police officer shooting 72-year-old Preston Phillips.
The Scottsdale Police Department's second fatal officer-involved shooting this month was caught on camera, as a neighbor recorded the confrontation between the Scottsdale officer and 72-year-old Preston Phillips last month.

Unfortunately, that 19-year-old neighbor released the video to KPHO Channel 5, which hacked up the video with some obnoxious editing, somehow making the cellphone-quality video even worse.

See also:
-Scottsdale Cop Shoots, Kills 72-Year-Old Preston Phillips
-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


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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

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Thomas Hawes Identified as Man Fatally Shot by Scottsdale Cops; Five Detectives on Leave

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ADC
Thomas Hawes
Scottsdale police have identified the man shot and killed this morning by officers as 45-year-old Thomas Hawes.

As you could probably tell by the orange jumpsuit Hawes is wearing in the photo on the right, Hawes has a bit of a criminal history, including a short stint in prison.

See also:
-Scottsdale Cops Shoot, Kill Man Wanted for Questioning in Sex Crimes


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Scottsdale Cops Shoot, Kill Man Wanted for Questioning in Sex Crimes

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UPDATE: Thomas Hawes Identified as Man Fatally Shot by Scottsdale Cops; Five Detectives on Leave


Scottsdale police officers shot and killed a man this morning who was wanted for questioning in sex crimes.

Police haven't released the 45-year-old man's name, but Scottsdale Officer David Pubins says in an e-mail that the man first pointed the gun at himself, then pointed it at officers, before firing one round at police.

See also:
-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


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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.

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