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Phoenix police chief asks for FBI review of fatal shooting

Posted at 9:49 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 00:49:09-04

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Police chief is asking the FBI to investigate a man's shooting death at the hands of officers.

Chief Jeri Williams announced Tuesday that she is requesting the agency conduct an independent probe to see if 28-year-old James ``"Jay" Garcia's civil rights were violated during the July 4 shooting.

Authorities say officers were called to a home Saturday afternoon in Phoenix's Maryvale neighborhood about a suspect in an attempted stabbing targeting the victim again.

Officers spoke with Garcia, who was sitting in a parked car on the driveway.

Police say officers were forced to shoot after Garcia pointed a handgun at them.