Police: Officers shoot suicidal man after he shoots at them

Police: Officers shoot suicidal man after he shoots at them

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Thomas Hawes (file photo) Thomas Hawes (file photo)

Scottsdale police say a man sought for questioning in past sex crimes was fatally shot by police detectives after he fired a shot at them.

Officer David Pubins says the shooting occurred Friday morning after detectives tried to make contact with a 45-year-old man as he drove near Granite Reef and Chaparral Roads.

According to Pubins, the man pulled over to the side of the road. Detectives approached, then noticed he had a gun pointed at himself. They tried to negotiate -- but the man got out of his vehicle, pointed his gun at the detectives, and fired one shot that missed.

The man was killed when officers returned fire.

He has been identified as Thomas Hawes. Five Scottsdale Police detectives involved in the shooting were all put on administrative leave, as is standard procedure.

Officer Pubins says Hawes was wanted for questioning after a female relative came forward and reported she had been sexually molested by Hawes for a period of 7 years, beginning in 2003, while she was a juvenile.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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