- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 21, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police fatally shot two adult brothers after one of the men pointed a rifle at his sibling and officers during an encounter in a home’s backyard, authorities said Wednesday.

The men have been identified as 44-year-old Emmett Cocreham and 43-year-old George Cocreham.

Police said officers went to the home Tuesday after the brothers’ mother called 911 to report she had barricade herself in her room because one of her sons was acting strangely and she was afraid.

The woman left the home when officers arrived and she told police both sons were yelling and that one had a rifle.

Officers saw two men inside the home with what appeared to be guns and that one had a rifle that he refused to drop when confronted by police after the men went into the backyard.



Both men were fatally shot by two officers after the brother holding the rifle pointed it at police and his sibling, authorities said.

A rifle and a BB gun were recovered at the residence, according to police.

Police said the department will release details including body-worn camera footage, 911 calls and other evidence from the incident within the next two weeks.

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