Man dead after SWAT standoff at north Phoenix QuikTrip
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Phoenix police and SWAT crews are investigating after a barricade situation turned deadly at a north Phoenix QuikTrip early Tuesday morning.
Authorities told Arizona’s Family on the scene that a “suspicious person” was acting erratic on Interstate 17 near Cactus Road around 2 a.m. Officers say that a man, later identified as 37-year-old Daniel Parra, was walking on the freeway, crossing in both directions of travel. After officers spotted Parra, he ran off a few minutes later into the convenience store located near 29th Avenue. Officials say they noticed Parra had a firearm, and once inside, Parra reportedly began setting fires, but the facility’s sprinkler system was able to stop the fires from spreading.
Video from the scene showed Dept. of Public Safety troopers and Phoenix Police officers working the scene trying to negotiate with Parra. Ultimately, authorities made their way into the store around 5:30 a.m., where they found Parra unresponsive and attempted to render aid, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Details surrounding the cause and manner of death have not been released.
Hours later, an extensive police presence remained, with the store blocked off with crime scene tape surrounding the store. Aerial video showed detectives actively working the scene into the daylight hours. A QuikTrip spokesperson also released a statement:
No employees or customers were hurt.
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