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Police in Phoenix fatally shot a man who said he had a gun — then simulated pulling the weapon — during an intense standoff outside his ex-girlfriend’s apartment, harrowing bodycam video shows.
Jordan Crawford, 30, told cops he was armed, while putting his right hand near his waistband, when officers responded to the apartment complex on Dec. 28, police said.
“What’s behind your back, dude?” an officer asks Crawford, the video shows.
“It’s a gun,” he replies. “You want to see?”
“You have a gun?” the cop asks. “Don’t do that.”
Crawford then continues backing away from the officer while ignoring his commands to stop and put up his hands, the clip shows.
“Jordan, we don’t want to kill you, dude!” an officer yells. “Jordan, stop it right now, brother! Stop!”
Crawford, whose ex-girlfriend said he earlier refused to leave her apartment, then shouts at the officers and begins counting backward from five.
“OK, who’s going to kill someone tonight?!” Crawford screams. “You decide!”
Five officers then open fire on Crawford as he ends his pulse-pounding countdown — and appears to brandish the gun he said he had.
However, no weapon was found at the scene, according to investigators.
“Officers reacted to the threat and fired their service weapons at the suspect, striking him,” Phoenix police said in a statement last month.
Crawford was later pronounced dead at a hospital. None of the cops were hurt during the incident, which remains under investigation, police said.
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