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Phoenix Police Department releases body cam video of Fourth of July shooting

Cameras capture moments before and after officers opened fire on man in parked car

Warning: Some may find video disturbing

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The Phoenix Police Department has released body camera idea of the Fourth of July shooting that left a 28-year-old man dead.

The incident started with a 9-1-1 call reporting a stabbing. The caller claimed his attacker continued to threaten him. He described the suspect as a thin, shorter Latino man around 28-year-old.

Phoenix police say they arrived on the scene to find James Garcia, who matched that description, sitting in a parked car. The video shows officers repeatedly asking Garcia to step out of his vehicle. It also shows him repeatedly refusing.

The video shows the moment an officer sees a gun inside the car. You see three officers draw their guns, and order Garcia to drop the gun. Phoenix police say he did not drop the gun, but rather began to raise it. They say that's when they opened fire.

Garcia later died at a Phoenix hospital. He was on probation, and was not supposed to be in possession of a weapon at the time of the incident.

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Lisa Sturgis

Lisa Sturgis recently returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director, but she has a long history with the Desert Southwest.


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