Glendale, AZ – Police have bodycam released footage from an incident that occurred back in May that resulted in the fatal shooting of the suspect. Maxwell Davis was fatally shot by police who stated he was “simulating a handgun”
On May 9 Glendale Police responded to a call about a robbery at a convenience store near Grand Avenue and Bethany Home Road. Davis had threatened to shoot the store clerk and several customers in the store before stealing a few items and fleeing on foot. In the footage you can see Davis entering the store and approaching the clerk. The clerk states to Davis, “so you’re going to shoot me then?”
Initially the clerk complied with Davis’ demands but then began to refuse. The clerk asked Davis to show him his gun. In the footage you can see Davis lifting up his shirt and pointing to his waistband but it is unclear in the video what he is pointing to.
“Right now you’re just telling me to do it. You’re not actually robbing me right now. You know what I’m saying?” – store clerk
At that point Davis just grabbed a few items and took off on foot. Police located Davis in a nearby mobile home community and drove into the area. In the footage you can see Davis running from police. Davis then begins to verbally threaten the officers. An officer gets out of his vehicle and points his gun at Davis who is threatening to shoot police and refusing to listen to the officer’s commands. The officer then fires two shots. The officer opened fire when Davis reached for his waistband and raised his hands as if he was pointing a gun.
After a few moments of silence in the footage an officer yells get down and Davis yells something back. Officers fire four more shots. Davis was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Officers found a screwdriver near Davis’s body. The medical examiner confirmed that the injuries on Davis’ hands were “consistent with having them extended at the officers in a position to use lethal force.”