Anthony Greco says ‘shoot me’ earlier than Phoenix police kill him

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Anthony Greco says 'shoot me' before Phoenix police kill him
Emily Wilder
 
| Arizona Republic

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Police launched edited video and audio of an officer fatally capturing a person who allegedly invaded a girl’s dwelling, pointed a gun at officers and advised them to shoot him in west Phoenix on Feb. 6.

In a important incident briefing posted Monday, the Phoenix Police Division confirmed physique digicam footage of the moments earlier than police fatally shot 29-year-old Anthony Greco.

Since 2019, the Phoenix Police Division has produced movies with summaries of police shootings that embrace some physique digicam footage, 911 calls and a narration of the occasions that led to the capturing.

Police obtained a name the morning of Feb. 6 from a house owner close to 43rd Avenue and Cactus Street, who had simply gotten out of the bathe when she noticed a person in her yard armed with a gun, mentioned division spokesperson Sgt. Ann Justus. In keeping with audio from the 911 name, the person then entered her dwelling.

“Get out of my home!” the girl may be heard frantically screaming. “He is in my home with a gun, please hurry!”

After capturing, police spent minutes asking a limp Greco to maneuver from gun

Responding officers directed the girl to flee her dwelling by way of the window, based on Justus. She may be seen on bodycam carrying solely a towel as she ran down her entrance yard towards police.

Officers then surrounded the house, trying to speak with Greco, who was nonetheless contained in the residence, Justus mentioned. Two officers went across the dwelling and stood behind the again wall bordering the yard as Greco emerged from the house into the yard, their physique digicam video exhibits. 

In keeping with Justus, Greco was nonetheless armed as he got here into the yard. This can’t be seen, nor can his actions instantly previous to the capturing, because the officers’ cameras have been blocked by the cement wall.

One officer, recognized by Phoenix police as Warren Jackson, may be seen positioning his gun excessive of the wall and commanding Greco to drop his firearm.

“Put the gun down!” Jackson may be heard yelling.

In keeping with police, the person continued strolling towards the officers and pointed his gun at them. At this level, audio from their bodycams captures Greco calmly saying, “Shoot me.”

Jackson fired one spherical at Greco. 

As officers entered the property, they discovered Greco laying face down and immobile on the bottom on prime of his gun. Officers initially couldn’t see his gun so that they spent “a number of minutes trying to have Greco transfer away from it,” Justus mentioned. 

Earlier than approaching, they shot not less than two bean bag rounds at him to make sure that he couldn’t shoot them, based on Justus.

Greco pronounced lifeless on scene

Officers can then be seen administering chest compressions on a bloody and silent Greco. A firearm will also be seen on the bottom beside Greco’s physique. It’s not clear from the footage supplied how a lot time handed between the capturing and officers reaching Greco to start giving first help.

Phoenix Fireplace Division paramedics arrived on the scene and pronounced Greco lifeless, Justus mentioned.

She continued that police realized after the capturing that Greco had allegedly kidnapped a member of the family at gunpoint and stole their car and handgun two days earlier. The stolen car was discovered parked in entrance of the residence, and the gun was the one seen beside him on the bottom, Justus mentioned.

No officers or different group members have been injured through the capturing.

In keeping with protocol, Jackson, who’s 39-years outdated and has three years of service with Phoenix police, is at present on administrative depart because the division conducts their inner investigation into the capturing. Police will then submit this investigation to the Maricopa County Lawyer’s Workplace, which can decide if Jackson needs to be criminally charged in Greco’s dying.

Because the starting of 2021, officers in Maricopa County have shot 9 individuals, together with 4 by Phoenix police.

Attain the reporter at emily.wilder@arizonarepublic.com or on Twitter @vv1lder.


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