William Brookins dies, shot dead by an off-duty Phoenix officer

A man who pointed a gun at shoplifters almost two weeks ago before being shot and killed by an off duty Phoenix officer has died, officials said.

He has been identified as 39-year-old William Brookins, and Phoenix Police spokesman Sgt. Andy Williams confirmed for The Arizona Republic on Monday.

Phoenix Police initially said Brookins was in stable condition and expected to survive after he was shot dead by an off duty Phoenix police officer near 15th Avenue and Camelback Road on the evening of June 3.

The officer, who was driving traffic in the area in full uniform, watched Brookins point a gun at two other people and intervene, Phoenix police said earlier.

He ordered Brookins to drop the gun several times, but police said Brookins ignored those orders. The officer then shot and killed Brookins, according to police.

Brookins was rushed to hospital but died on June 8, Williams told the Republic on Monday. Phoenix Police previously announced that Brookins would face multiple criminal charges upon his release from the hospital, but did not provide details.

Phoenix Police said the incident appeared to be of one Shoplifting The occurred in a shop in the area. They later said Brookins aimed a gun at people believed to have stolen from the store.

Police also determined that Brookins was not an employee of the Companies the business was still being robbed.

No one else was injured in the shootings.

The officer who shot Brookins was only identified by Phoenix police as having been with the department for about four years.

Williams told the Republic on Monday that it was common practice for Phoenix police officers to perform off-duty transportation duties and that they were expected to be fully uniformed.

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