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Phoenix police ID suspect killed after firing shots

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A shoot-out with police in north Phoenix left one man dead.

A man opened fire on officers and police say he even shot at their helicopter.

Officers returned fire killing the man.

Police have identified the suspect as 55-year-old Richard Ray Aceves.

Neighbors heard several shots ring out around 10:30 p.m. on Monday night.

"We were actually sitting around watching TV, didn't know if shots were part of the movie or outside," said Trent Brown.

But it wasn't a movie, Aceves reportedly squeezed off several shots and neighbors called the police.

Officers arrived, and Aceves allegedly shot at them and missed. More officers responded and took up positions on a rooftop across the street.

A police helicopter flew in, and police say Aceves shot at it too. Officers then shot and killed him.

One neighbor spoke with FOX 10, she didn't want to be identified. "He was a very quiet man; he had shotguns because he was a hunter, and we do not know what made him decide to do this," she said.

The Aceves' family did not want to talk about the shooting. "We have no comment and ask that you respect our privacy at this time, thank you very much," said a family member.

Neighbors say despite last night's violence, it's a good place to live.

"It is a cute little neighborhood; all the houses look the same, all brick houses. But I guess we will have one less neighbor," said Suzanne Spence. 

Phoenix Police have placed the officers involved in the shooting on paid administrative leave which is standard in these types of shootings. Authorities are still investigating what happened.
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