Phoenix police ID man fatally shot after pointing gun at cop

PHOENIX (AP/FOX 10) -- Authorities have identified an armed man who was fatally shot after he allegedly pointed a gun at a Phoenix police officer.

Police say 43-year-old Eugene Horn was pronounced dead at a hospital after the incident early Thursday and a gun was recovered.

They say officers saw a pickup truck being driven at a high rate of speed with its lights off.

Police say an officer caught up with one of the persons who had been inside the pickup.

The man later identified as Horn allegedly pointed a handgun at the officer and was shot.

Police say another suspect linked to the speeding incident was located and arrested.

They say 24-year-old Calvin Mejia remains jailed on suspicion of felony murder as the death occurred during the commission of a crime.

"I see that Calvin was arrested, and I was like, 'what? That's crazy', because I didn't really believe it was gonna be him. He was such a good guy," said Miguel Madrid, who says Mejia was a helpful neighbor who grew up in the area.

"You needed your yard cut, he'd come and cut your grass," said Madrid. "You need help or something, he'd come and he'd come help you."

Mejia's family said he had never been arrested before.

"He's a good guy. Yes my nephew, but he made a mistake, you know?" said Manuel Herrera, Mejia's uncle. He said Mejia was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

On April 2, Phoenix Police identified the officer involved in the incident as Sergeant-in-Training Ryan Merrill. Merrill, 41, has served with the Phoenix Police Department for 14 years, according to Sgt. Vince Lewis.

The Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report.