GILBERT, Ariz. - Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in the area of Recker and Guadalupe.
According to authorities, officers were called to a home around 8:00 p.m. Monday about a man who was not feeling well and was acting erratically. Sgt. Darrell Krueger says officers spent close to 20 minutes trying to de-escalate the man’s behavior and get him some assistance.
"The male, identified as Joshua Kinnard (37 years old), refused aid and the officers exited the home to continue talking to another resident in front of the house. It was during this conversation in front of the home that Kinnard accessed a weapon and threatened officers. The officers feared for their lives and shot Kinnard," stated Krueger.
Officials say despite life-saving efforts by the officers, Kinnard was pronounced dead by Gilbert Fire Department crews.
No officers were injured in this case.
According to officials with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Kinnard was a detention officer assigned to Inmate Medical Services, and was on approved medical leave at the time of the incident. Kinnardwas a six-year veteran of MCSO.
An American flag with a blue line - a show of support for law enforcement - flies at the home where 37-yo Joshua Kinnard was killed by Gilbert police officers. A neighbor says, he was suicidal, wife called police for help, he leaves behind his wife and 2 young kids #fox10phoenix pic.twitter.com/c81CoqT1Wp— Nicole Garcia Fox10 (@Fox10_NicoleG) February 27, 2018
UPDATE: Gilbert PD on scene of an officer involved shooting near Recker & San Angelo. No officers are injured. After shooting officers rendered first aid to the victim. The status of the victim was not known at time of update. #Fox10Phoenix pic.twitter.com/vtRKZR2a7h— Robert Hernandez (@rhernandezfox10) February 27, 2018