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Phoenix Man Points Replica Handgun At Other Man, Gets Shot With Real Gun

Phoenix, AZ – A Phoenix man was fatally shot early Sunday morning after pulling out an airsoft gun and pointing it at a man armed with a real firearm, according to police.

The incident occurred at a QuikTrip store located near Black Canyon Highway and Camelback Road at approximately 5 a.m. on May 8, KPNX reported.

Phoenix police responded to the scene after receiving a report of a shooting and found 31-year-old Sergio Cruz suffering from a gunshot wound, according to KNXV.

They administered first aid until emergency medical crews arrived, the Arizona Daily Independent reported.

Cruz was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators determined Cruz had confronted another man regarding a conflict between the other man and someone Cruz knew, the Phoenix Patch reported.

Police said that’s when Cruz pulled out a replica airsoft gun and pointed at the other man, according to KPNX.

The second man responded by drawing his real handgun and shooting Cruz in the chest, according to investigators.

Police said the shooter remained at the scene and has been cooperating with the ongoing investigation, KPNX reported.

His identity has not been released.

Investigators were speaking with witnesses and searching for possible video footage of the incident on Sunday, the Arizona Daily Independent reported.

“Investigators responded to the scene to gather evidence, talk with witnesses and look for possible surveillance,” Phoenix Police Department (PPD) Sergeant Philip Krynsky told KSAZ later in the day. “The investigation remains active. No arrests have been made at this time.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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