VIDEO: AZ Officers Fatally Shoot Rifle-Wielding Man at Traffic Stop

The Yavapai County (AZ) Sheriff’s Office has released footage from a deputy’s body-worn video camera of the shooting of a man during a traffic stop on Friday, July 21.

Deputy Theresa Kennedy, 52, and Chino Valley Police Officer Jeffrey Pizzi, 43, shot and killed Martin L. Avena, 70, when they stopped his van after his alleged involvement in a domestic violence incident, in which his wife was sent to the hospital.

Avena confronted the officers with a rifle, YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said, and the officers fired. Avena was taken to a Phoenix-area hospital, where he died on July 24.

The video was released Friday afternoon, after Department of Public Safety investigators completed post-shooting interviews, D’Evelyn said.

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